“Even then we may seem beginning to tell a thrice-told tale … But they are told here again because our central figure is Jerusalem. We have to show her first, in all her pride…”
The Crusades marked a phase of remarkable discovery of Jerusalem and the Near East. Much of Besant and Palmer’s book is structured around that; yet, this book attempts to survey a vast tract of the history of the fabled city, from the birth of Christ to the 19th century.
The book covers the siege and capture by Titus, the last revolts of the Jewish people, the Christian occupation, the Muslim conquest, the building of the Dome of the Rock, the Crusades, and more.