A lunch attended by over 80 people was held at the House of Lords on Wednesday 16th February, hosted by Lord Anderson where the guest speaker was Simon Sebag Montefiore speaking about his new book ‘Jerusalem the Biography’. The author gave a most amusing speech about his family and how he came to write the book. In a dazzling narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life. Drawing on new archives, current scholarship, Montefiore illuminates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identity and empire in a unique chronicle of the city that is believed will be the setting for the Apocalypse. The luncheon also proved a good opportunity for our outgoing chairman Sir Andrew Burns to introduce and welcome our new chairman Lord Bew to many of our members.