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The Chief Inhabitant

Diarmaid MacCulloch: Jerusalem, 14 July 2011

Jerusalem: The Biography 
by Simon SebagMontefiore.
Weidenfeld, 638 pp., £25, January 2011, 978 0 297 85265 0
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... Edward Keith-Roach OBE and Sir Arthur Wauchope, had much the same experience as Queen Michal. Simon SebagMontefiore in his biography of the city rather wistfully describes their rule as a golden age in Jerusalem’s history, when decorous gatherings of religious leaders from all faiths might pose for a ...

Charmer

Sheila Fitzpatrick: Stalin’s Origins, 1 November 2007

Young Stalin 
by Simon SebagMontefiore.
Weidenfeld, 397 pp., £25, May 2007, 978 0 297 85068 7
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... was particularly prominent in Robert Service’s biography of 2004. The first volume of Simon SebagMontefiore’s biography, Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar (2004), dealing with his life and milieu in power, granted him a certain charisma and even had a chapter headed ‘The Charmer’. Still, it was not ...

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