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Sebag Montefiore, Simon, 1965-
Jerusalem : the biography / Simon Sebag Montefiore
1st American ed
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  DS109.9 .S37 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject Jerusalem -- History
Physical Description xxxiii, 650 p.. [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps, geneal. tables ; 25 cm
Note "This Is a Borzoi Book"--T.p. verso
Includes bibliographical references (p. [609]-627) and index
Contents Judaism. The world of David ; The rise of David ; The Kingdom and the Temple ; The kings of Judah ; The whore of Babylon ; The Persians ; The Macedonians ; The Maccabees ; The Romans arrive ; The Herods ; Jesus Christ ; The last of the Herods ; Jewish wars : the death of Jerusalem -- Paganism. Aelia Capitolina -- Christianity. The apogee of Byzantium ; Sunset of the Byzantines : Persian invasion -- Islam. The Arab conquest ; The Umayyads : the Temple restored ; The Abbasids : distant masters ; The Fatimids : tolerance and lunacy -- Crusade. The slaughter ; The rise of Outremer ; The golden age of Outremer ; Stalemate ; The Leper-King ; Saladin ; The Third Crusade : Saladin and Richard ; The Saladin dynasty -- Mamluk. Slave to sultan ; Decline of the Mamluks -- Ottoman. The magnificence of Suleiman ; Mystics and messiahs ; The families -- Empire. Napoleon in the Holy Land ; The new romantics : Chateaubriand and Disraeli ; The Albanian conquest ; The evangelists ; The new city ; The new religion ; Arab city, imperial city ; Russians -- Zionism. The Kaiser ; The Oud-Player of Jerusalem ; World war ; Arab revolt, Balfour Declaration ; The Christmas present ; The victors and the spoils ; The British Mandate ; The Arab revolt ; The dirty war ; Jewish independence, Arab catastrophe ; Divided ; Six days
Summary Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the "center of the world" and now the key to peace in the Middle East? In a gripping narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life. Jerusalem's biography is told through the wars, love affairs and revelations of the men and women -- kings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whores -- who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem. As well as the many ordinary Jerusalemites who have left their mark on the city, its cast varies from Solomon, Saladin and Suleiman the Magnificent to Cleopatra, Caligula and Churchill; from Abraham to Jesus and Muhammad; from the ancient world of Jezebel, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod and Nero to the modern times of the Kaiser, Disraeli, Mark Twain, Lincoln, Rasputin, Lawrence of Arabia and Moshe Dayan. Drawing on new archives, current scholarship, his own family papers and a lifetime's study, Montefiore illuminates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identity and empire in a unique chronicle of the city that many believe will be the setting for the Apocalypse. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twice -- in heaven and on earth. - Publisher

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