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Publisher Description

The epic story of Jerusalem told through the lives of the men and women who created, ruled and inhabited it.

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement 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 3,000 years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence.

How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the 'centre 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.

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.

January 27

Customer Reviews

Zebedee_in_London ,


Quite simply one of the best books I have ever read, possibly THE best. The author's style is gripping. This is one book I could not put down. Now that I've finished it, I'm going to re-read it because there are so many details that it's impossible to take it all in the first time. Highly recommended.

Jerry Williams ,

Poor History

A work of this ambition requires a scholar or an archeologist, unfortunately Montefiore is neither. I gave up after 150 pages, the work is superficial and large sections are lifted from the bible with little question of historical accuracy. On a plus side the sentences are well crafted.

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