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William Makepeace Thackery , one of many disillusioned visitors, wrote that "there's not a spot" in Jerusalem "at which you may look but where some violent deed has been done, some massacre, some visitors murdered, some idol worshipped with bloody rites."
Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, William Makepeace Thackery, George Eliot, and countless other authors who made it their life's work to provide feelings of intimacy and warmth, among other things, to countless readers over the centuries.
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