By Simon Sebag Montefiore
Jerusalem is the common urban, the capital of 2 peoples, the shrine of 3 faiths; it's the prize of empires, the location of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today’s conflict of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the start of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine clash, this is often the epic background of 3 thousand years of religion, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence.
How did this small, distant city develop into the Holy urban, the “center of the world” and now the most important to peace within the center East? In a gripping narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore finds this ever-changing urban in its many incarnations, bringing each epoch and personality blazingly to lifestyles. Jerusalem’s biography is advised throughout the wars, amorous affairs and revelations of the lads and women—kings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whores—who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem. in addition to the numerous usual Jerusalemites who've left their mark at the urban, its solid varies from Solomon, Saladin and Suleiman the awesome to Cleopatra, Caligula and Churchill; from Abraham to Jesus and Muhammad; from the traditional international of Jezebel, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod and Nero to the fashionable occasions of the Kaiser, Disraeli, Mark Twain, Lincoln, Rasputin, Lawrence of Arabia and Moshe Dayan.
Drawing on new records, present scholarship, his circle of relatives papers and a lifetime’s learn, Montefiore illuminates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identification and empire in a distinct chronicle of town that many think would be the atmosphere for the Apocalypse. this can be how Jerusalem turned Jerusalem, and the single urban that exists twice—in heaven and on earth.
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