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La badessa (The Crusades Trilogy #3)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  3,235 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Nell'anno del Signore 1177 si compie un prodigio di cui si parlerà a lungo tra i seguaci di Maometto. Saladino, l'uomo che ha giurato di liberare Gerusalemme dagli invasori, sta per morire per mano di una banda di briganti, quando la salvezza gli giunge da una direzione inaspettata: Arn Magnusson, il temuto templare, uccide i banditi e salva Saladino senza rendersi conto d ...more
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Darko Šunjić
Jan 08, 2017 Darko Šunjić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Treći nastavak stoji rame uz rame ostalim dijelovima s i dalje odličnom pričom, odličnim likovima i zanimljivom radnjom.
Očekivao sam ovakav kraj iako sam se potajno nadao da neće tako završiti.
Ovu trilogiju ću zapamtiti i u budućnosti često spomenuti a Jan Guillou je dobio novog obožavatelja.
Andy
Short review

Meh....!

Long review

Its not that it's bad, far from it, jus needed a bit more Bosh & (some) blood..... cant recollect a book from the age of Feudalism where so many got to 3 score & ten & popped off peacefully in their sleep leaving Valhalla (& more importantly me) rightly pissed off!

Definitely one of those candidates where the filim is better than the books.

James
Jul 02, 2012 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arn and Cecilia are finally reunited, and Arn begins plans to ensure peace in his homeland for years to come. Not everyone necessarily agrees with his plans, however, and obstacles threaten to reignite war in the North.

This was a great conclusion to the story of Arn, and a great introduction to the birth of Sweden. Some of the highlights: the reunion of Arn and Cecilia is just as awkward as it should be. He was a Templar for 20 years, she spent those same 20 years in a convent. Of course that re
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Brian
Jan 04, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final book of the trilogy was not as good as the second but still very, very good.

My overall rating on the trilogy is a solid 4; the first was good, the second was excellent and the third very good. As I mentioned in the review of the first, I saw the movie (condensed version of the Swedish mini-series) and really enjoyed it; now I am glad that I saw it before I read the series, because it would have been a big disappointment. I hope that they release the mini-series sometime in the future,
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Stephen Plank
Jun 30, 2014 Stephen Plank rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By far and away the best trilogy that I have ever read. Having seen ARN, a movie that spun all three books into one movie - a gem, I had to read the books. The movie was the most expensive adventure that Sweden had ever put into a movie according to Wikipedia and it was worth it with one exception - this book was cut short in so may ways. To know that his life and love were not just a few months or years as portrayed in the movie made me so happy to read more about how he and his wife modernize ...more
Ylva
Jul 05, 2011 Ylva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Så mycket jag njutit av att läsa serien om Arn måste jag ändå säga att jag tycker bättre om de två första böckerna. Den här hade potential i början. Jag gillade beskrivningen av hur folkkungaborgen byggdes upp. Genom hela boken saknade jag ändå en extra gnista. Berättandet kändes lite lamt och speciellt på slutet var det som att man bara ville att allt skulle ta slut. Vi beskriver de nödvändigaste händelserna och så är det slut. Det kändes som att självaste Arn tappat orken och gjorde allt på ru ...more
Lisbeth Sundman
Oct 12, 2015 Lisbeth Sundman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was never interested in history in school, but to read about the formation of the Kingdom of sweden, about the hostility and fights between the different "tribes" and neighbour countries, about the development made possible with knowledge from other countries, about the church and it's powers, about slaves and labourers, about people's thougjts and beliefs - I could go on! It's hard to stop reading!
Lia
Jan 26, 2014 Lia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is four stars for now. I am contemplating five stars.
Claus
Dec 02, 2016 Claus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Som det var tilfældet med to tidligere bøger i denne serie har jeg hørt dem som lydbog over en lidt længere periode. Diversiteten i den samlede fortælling er ganske imponerende eftersom den både omfatter livet på et kloster i Norden i middelalderen, fortællinger om tempelriddere i mellemøsten og i den sidste bog hvordan konger bliver skabt og dræbt i den sidste. Persongalleriet er som i de øvrige bøger ganske rigt og består af mange personer man får et nært forhold til ikke mindst Arn Magnusson ...more
Timian Kirkegaard
I loved this book. I just loved it.
This is not my typical book choice, I'm more into the YA stuff. Yet this book still has a special place in my heart! I read the saga the first time at the age of 14, and I just loved it! I've allways loved history, and this book was just filled with exciting history. I myself, is a Dane and that just makes this story a lot more relatable. My country has a similar weather (If you haven't experienced sweeden or Norway in the winter, you have no idea how truly fre
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Laurie Olsen
Jun 01, 2015 Laurie Olsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is actually for the entire series "The Road to Jerusalem", "The Knight Templar" and "The Kingdom at the End of the Road". I really enjoyed the series and I also enjoyed the mini series "ARN The Knight Templar - The Complete Series". If you opt for seeing the even more shortened, 2 hour movie version you will lose too many details to likely fully appreciate the story.

Although this story is not truly "historical" as the back story of the unification of Sweden it is still a gripping rea
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Kasia Hubbard
*I won this on Goodreads* This is book three of the Crusaders Trilogy, yet it stands alone quite well. I found this story to be simply amazing, even though I haven't read the first two (which I will now). Arn de Gotha is a warrior of the Knights Templar who returns home from the Holy Land after being gone for twenty years. He was serving penance for sleeping with the love of his life before they were married, and was sent away, but not before swearing to Celia that if he returned, he would marry ...more
Ines
Apr 23, 2015 Ines rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final part of the trilogy, unlike the first and second was a bit slow paced and monotone. It doesn't feel like much is happening except at the end when they go to battle again and we see the change in rule and the end of the story for Arn. The ending is also a good introduction into the standalone book Arn's Legacy which is about Arn's grandson.
In this book we see that Arn is truly extraordinary person, very smart and kind but fierce when needed. I would say he possesses true qualities for a
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Janne Paananen
Aug 20, 2013 Janne Paananen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pohjoinen valtakunta lopettaa Temppeliherra-trilogian tyylillä. Vuosisata ehtii vaihtua jo 1200-luvun alkupuolelle ja viimein Arn ja Cecilia saavat toisensa. Mutta vielä on paljon peljastettavaa, nimittäin Ruotsi, jota uhkaavat niin vääräsukuiset kuninkaat kuin kieroilevat piispatkin. Arn kasvattaa tässä sukunsa voimaa ja opettaa Temppeliritarin oppeja nuoremmilleen. Guillou kirjoittaa ihailtavan sujuvaa tekstiä. Tarinan kuljettaminen on aivan yhtä soljuvasti eteenpäin kulkevaa. Koko trilogia on ...more
Kitty Honeycutt
Jun 08, 2011 Kitty Honeycutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"BIRTH OF THE KINGDOM" BY JAN GUILLOU

This historic tale highlights the last few years of the life of a Templar Knight named Arn Magnusson. After completing his service to God he returns to his beloved homeland to begin life anew and bring peace to all. Bringing with him craftsmen and doctors from the Holy City of Jerusalem he takes us on his journey to find his beloved Cecilia, learning about a son he has never met, and creating a new society of both Christians and Muslims.

This book is the last
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Tammy Ramey
May 22, 2011 Tammy Ramey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
although i don't usually read this type of book i was grabbed and pulled into the story from the first page. i found myself intrigued and fasinated by the historical facts in the story and the characters were a joy to get to know and watch them grow into their own. i also found myself rooting for the hero and heroine and booing the villian and then on the next page laughing out loud at something else. it was a truley wonderful book.

if this is the type of book that you enjoy you shouldn't miss th
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Geri F
May 07, 2015 Geri F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was less involved in this book than the other two. As the ending approached, I found that the characters became more and more flat in order to keep the story moving (i.e., overdone wedding descriptions).

There is also a set-up for another book -- the next generation, as it were. It turns out on further research that there is such a book but it is still in Swedish. :-( I'd like to read more about Birgir Jarl and the establishment of Sweden as a country, so I hope it gets translated and printed
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Erin
Jun 08, 2011 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I graciously won this book through first reads giveaway.

This is the third book in a trilogy series and unfortunately I did not read the first two, so only take my review at face value.

I found this book to be a good read. I never felt very behind even though I did not read the other two books, the author explains what you need to know that you may have missed. There were parts of the book that I found boring, but other parts that were very engaging. The end didn't turn out exactly the way I had
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Pete
Aug 28, 2014 Pete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After completing this epic trilogy, I am ready for something entirely different. Not that I didn't like the saga, but spending so many hours with the author's "just the facts, mam" narrative style felt straightjacketed as were the lives of his main characters, Arn and Cecelia -dominated and steered as by Medieval Church and Clan. I am looking now for something completely different; and I think I found it in the last collection of essays by the "late, great king of gonzo writing", HST, which is t ...more
Kathy
Dec 02, 2009 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK, this was just OK for me, but I'm sure part of the reason it didn't seem better is that I read Books 1 & 2 of the trilogy a couple years ago. It took that long for this last one to get translated; I had forgotten some of the plot points and the characters were still a bit confusing (Danish/Swedish names are soooo hard to keep straight!) Anyway, this book on it's own was a little boring, with not very much action and a lot of description of fortifying castles/estates for pending invasions. ...more
Jan
Jun 17, 2011 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a Goodreads win. Thank you.

Lovely book, understand there are two more before this. Story of a Templar Knight returning to his homeland. Arn de Gotha returns to claim his bride, who was sent to a monastery, because she bore him a son out of wedlock, he was sent off to war in the Holy Lands. He returns 20 years later with gold,craftsman and doctors who have many talents. With these men and wisdom, he plans to build a new stronger country.

Many adventures, several wars, love, life and death
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Diane
Jul 18, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this last book of the trilogy, the hero and heroine are reunited, and they must fight to keep the kingdom that is the hero's birthright away from his enemies. The book is well-written, but not as good as the other two books in the trilogy. I kept feeling like the story had come to a natural end, but the book continued on. I'm not sure there was really enough material here for a whole book; it might have been better as an addendum to the earlier work.
Blanka Lednická
Nov 09, 2016 Blanka Lednická rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I to se stane, že čtu knížku 3,5 měsíce... Poslední dobou nebyla chuť na čtení, což odskákala i tahle knížka. Jan Guillou ale umí, nakonec jsem Království zvládla dočíst v podstatě za dva dny, i když jsem byla předtím zhruba ve třetině. Jen se mi nelíbil konec - ne kvůli tomu, jak to skončilo, ale na posledních 30 stran je zhuštěn neuvěřitelně dlouhý časový úsek (ve srovnání s jinými částmi knížky).
Stephen
Dec 01, 2014 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the third in Guillou's Templar Knight trilogy. I don't know much about the history of the area he writes about, so the culture was fascinating. I knew some of the names, but now I must do research to know more. This book is a fascinating conclusion to the story, a tale of building the strength within a kingdom, and the interplay of politics and religion. If you enjoyed the other two books or the movie Arn the Knight Templar, you will be enthralled by this book.
Nicole Zimmer
Oct 14, 2015 Nicole Zimmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I enjoyed this last trilogy better than the 2nd one. Arn returns to his homeland, Sweden ,after fighting a long war and reunites with his Cecilia. He comes back a changed and experienced man and brings with him useful knowledge learnt abroad and implements it into his clan.I wished it to end differently however: it was a realistic ending-"Nothing is forever!"
Kymberli Ward
Jul 02, 2016 Kymberli Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting trilogy. If one is not into the history of various cultures and countries, I wouldn't suggest it. For those who enjoy historical fiction, this is a brilliantly written set. It does get a little drawn out at times, but overall, the attention to detail is superb. I learned a lot about an area of the world of which I knew little.
Tammy Cox
Nov 15, 2013 Tammy Cox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wrapped up the series through the death of Arn. The Realm power struggles and battles were well written. A definate read if you've read the first two. I wont tell you how Arn died and I'm not going to give any other spoilers. This was an extremely enjoyable and well written trilogy with incredible historical detail.
Ty Partridge
This finished the Crusader trilogy. This one was not as good as the first two, but wrapped things up with the formation of Sweden as a country. It was interesting from the standpoint that it describes well the transition of the culture and gives lots of detail about daily life in East and West Gotland. Sometimes it gets a bit bogged down, but not a bad read.
Elizabeth
Feb 08, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a really intriguing series, bringing new life to a portion of the world that is often overlooked when discussing historical record or the influence of Christianity. Arn was such a wonderful, relatable, and inspiring character, and his Cecilia was written exceptionally well. I really enjoyed this series, and look forward now to watching the movie.
Hristina Ivanova
I am absolutely astonished! This is one of the best historical novels I have ever read. Along with the first two, this trilogy is absolutely wonderful!
These were the first books by Guillou I've read and I must say I'm impressed. A definite must-read for anyone inclined to history and historical novels.
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Jan Oscar Sverre Lucien Henri Guillou (born 17 January 1944) is a Swedish author and journalist. Among his books are a series of spy fiction novels about a spy named Carl Hamilton, and a trilogy of historical fiction novels about a Knight Templar, Arn Magnusson. He is the owner of one of the largest publishing companies in Sweden, Piratförlaget, together with Liza Marklund and his common-law wife, ...more
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The Crusades Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Road to Jerusalem (The Knight Templar, #1)
  • The Knight Templar (The Crusades Trilogy, #2)

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