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The Knight Templar (The Crusades Trilogy #2)

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De la bataille de Montgisard (1177) au massacre de Saint-Jean d’Acre (1191), cette épopée historique nous invite à porter un autre regard sur les croisades.
Moine-soldat en Terre sainte, Arn de Gothia lutte néanmoins pour la cohabitation pacifique et le respect de la liberté de culte. Son itinéraire croisera celui de Saladin, qui unifie le monde arabe pour la reconquête de
Hardcover, 467 pages
Published 2010 by Harper (first published 1999)
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mohab samir
Dec 03, 2015 mohab samir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أول ما يجب ذكره فى إطراء هذه الرواية التى بلا شك تستحق أكثر من هذا الإطراء البسيط التعبير الذى سأقدمه .هو أن هذه الرواية لا بد أن تتخذ كمرجع ادبى لتصوير الحياة فى الشرق فى فترة الحروب الصليبية . فالقارىء يجد فيها حياة السكان الأصليين من العرب فى ظل الحكم الصليبى الذى استمر قرابة المائة عام . فترى أعمالهم وما يفرض عليهم من ضرائب وما يعيشونه من إضطراب وقلق إندلاع الحرب على مدنهم وإن كانت حروبا لتحرير بلادهم ويجد حياة المغتصبين الصليبيين بداية من المهاجرين من الغرب للحياة هناك وأغلبهم من التجار . إ ...more
Jun 02, 2010 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
PROTAGONIST: Arn Magnusson, Templar Knight, and Cecilia Rosa, convent resident
SERIES: #2 of 3
WHY: I received this book for review and thought for sure that it would not be my cup of tea, as I am not really in to historicals. After I read it for a while, I realized that it wasn't even crime fiction; but by then, I was involved in the book. The second book in a trilogy, the focus shifts from Cecilia Rosa who is serving a 20-year penance in a convent for being an unwed mother, under an e
Ahmed Al-Emadi
May 14, 2016 Ahmed Al-Emadi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: رفوفي
لأول مرة أشعر أن لو كان لي يوماً أن أكتب قصة أو رواية لما اختلفت أحداثها و أفكارها عن هذه...

سياق هذا الجزء مختلف قليلاً عن الجزء الأول، الطريق إلى القدس، لذلك كان الحماس لقراءتها مختلفاً. الأحداث هنا أبسط وأقل تشابكاً لكن التفاصيل الإنسانية أعمق بكثير ...

بانتظار أجزاءها القادمة...
May 06, 2012 Jeanette rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in the Crusades in the 12th century and religion
Recommended to Jeanette by: 0
I found this book to be an interesting and thought-provoking account of the Crusades. Guillou's discussions and interaction between Arn, the Knight Templar, and Saladin offer interesting insight into the struggle between Islam and Christianity that continues today.
Tahani Shihab
Oct 21, 2016 Tahani Shihab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رواية فارس المعبد ـ الكاتب يان غِيو

“عندما تستلُّ سيفَك لا تُفكّر في مَنْ ستقتُله، وإنما فكّرْ في مَنْ ستنقذُ حياتَه!”

ملحمة رائعة عن مدينة القدس والصراع الأبدي لإحتلالها كونها مهد الرسالات السماوية حيث استهل الكاتب أو المترجم في أول صفحة بآية قرآنية من سورة الإسراء: بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ
﴿ سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَى بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلاً مِّنَ المَسْجِدِ الحَرَامِ إِلَى المَسْجِدِ الأَقْصَى الَّذِي بَارَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ لِنُرِيَهُ مِنْ آيَاتِنَا إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ البَصِيرُ ﴾

May 27, 2010 Joey rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating historical and fictional work! I really enjoyed learning about life in the 1100's in the convents and monesteries of Norway, Sweden, and Finland and in particular with this book, the life of the crusaders in the holy land. The way the author weaves his story of the main character Arn around all of the pivotal events and politics of that day both in Jerusalem and Europe is amazing. He makes the characters so compelling that as you are reading about Arn's life in the holy lan ...more
Sep 02, 2011 Christina rated it really liked it
An enjoyable tale. I liked the way the male and female story lines whent back and forth. I also enjoyed the character development and especially Celcelia Blanca's personality. Although, I do think it's clear the book was written by a man and not a mom. I am not sure how Celcelia rosa could pass any day with out feelings of horrible lose for the child taken from her. Nthe reunion is well done, but in think more time should have been spent on her feelings of loss for the child and just longing for ...more
Feb 23, 2012 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit worried about the pace of the first book in the series. It plodded along at times, and despite the title, Arn never made it to Jerusalem.

This book, however, definitely met and exceeded my expectations. The pacing is far better. Years have passed before the start of this book, and many years pass through the course of it. We're only provided with the most important points, with brief interludes of history to help explain the scenario.

Perhaps more important than the actual Templar Kni
Decisamente migliore del precedente, non ci sono quei punti morti che avevano penalizzato il primo volume della saga. Il libro scorre veloce, senza rallentamenti, complice una trama ben congegnata, avvincente e carica di emozioni.
Tra i personaggi meglio riusciti del libro spicca il Saladino, probabilmente il personaggio migliore del romanzo, che mette in ombra anche il protagonista. Interessante, e originale, il punto di vista di Guillou sulle Crociate, che fa esprimere per mezzo della voce narr
Lisbeth Sundman
Oct 04, 2015 Lisbeth Sundman rated it really liked it
fantastic continuation if the first book
Darko Šunjić
Nov 27, 2016 Darko Šunjić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Koliko god bio oduševljen prvom knjigom, isto tako sam i drugom. Odlična priča, likovi, radnja, vrijeme, opisi... Arn je lik kojeg ću sigurno dugo pamtiti.
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Volio bi da i Kraljevstvo na kraju puta bude bar jednako dobro kao ovi dijelovi do sad.
Jan 10, 2017 Godfather rated it really liked it
Very pleasant. Style of writing and theme reminds of Amin Maalouf.
Jan 20, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Templar Knight" continues the story of Arn Magnusson, now a Knight Templar serving near Jerusalem; he is the Master of the garrison of Gaza. He is aided by his sub-ordinate and Sergeant, Armond De Gasgogne who is close to becoming a Knight himself.

The book alternates between the perspective of Arn and his bethrohed, Cecelia Algotsdotter who is confined in Varnhem, a convent in Sweden. Cecelia suffers harsh treatment at the hands of the Abbess Rikisa, who is loyal to the Sverker clan. A clan
Carlos Eduardo
I found this book extremely interesting, amusing and entertaining. I have read this second chapter of the series after having read part of the history of the Roman Catholic Church (including the story of the Crusades and the time of the Outremer), as well as literature on the beginning of the Moghul empire. The combination of these three literary works led me to read over passages and stories over and over again to understand how impactful they were (I understand that two of the three are works ...more
Oct 25, 2016 Husam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
فارس المعبد، يسرد من خلالها يان غيو حياة آرن ماغنوسون فارس المعبد او ما يسمى بحارس الهيكل والتي اضطرته الأقدار أن يلبس ثوب الرهبانية تكفيراً عن إثم ارتكبه فظل عشرين عاماً في تكفير هذا الذنب متقلداً مناصب عدة حتى أصبح حامي القدس، وفي ظل هذا السرد يتطرق يان غيو إلى تناقضات المسيحية متسائلاً عن اسألة كثير في الثواب والعقاب، وكيف أن للجرائم العظيمة من قتل وارهاب ان يُتجاوز عنها او تكفر فقط بالصيام والتقشف والذنوب الأقل شأناً كجدال الرهبان او محاولة إعمال العقل والسؤال يكن عقابها في غاية القسوة ؟! يس ...more
Mar 17, 2015 Ines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
The novel continues to follow Arn during his 20 year service in the Order of the Templar knights and Cecilias' stay in the convent Gudhem. Even though it's the second book in the trilogy, I think it also works as a standalone novel.
I love how the characters and the story develops. You can see that the writer did a really good job not just with research of the historical period but also how he made the story progress and develop. Through Arn we get to see both sides of the Crusades, the Christian
Apr 15, 2016 Kirk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having watched a number of films about Guillou's Hamilton, I found that this trilogy were the only books by him in my local library system. The setting is for the most part quite accurate historically overall, with Arn being inserted into the main historical actions in a clever way.

One clever idea was to place Arn's last day of his required penance on July 4, 1187, the date at which the Templars suffered their disastrous defeat by Saladin at Hattin, thus requiring him to participate. Another bit
Howard Anders
Oct 27, 2013 Howard Anders rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the trilogy. As with "The Road to Jerusalem" chapters alternate between Arn and his love, Cecilia. Arn is now serving as a Templar in the Holy Land, and Cecilia has been exiled to a convent in Sweden. They must serve in their respective situations for twenty years. How they cope with this Church-enforced separation forms the crux of the story. While filled with action on both fronts, the story deals as much with the secular and religious political intrigue and social c ...more
Dan Claffey
Jun 12, 2015 Dan Claffey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great sequel to The Road to Jerusalem, it weaves an intriguing tale following Arn through the Crusades and his dealings with Saladin, while at the same time alternating between Cecilia's viewpoint in a cloister as she awaits his return. The writing is fantastic and again there are very few language hiccups or moments where I felt the descriptions weren't appropriate or that something had been missed during the largely seamless translation from the original Swedish.
If I had to rank to two nove
Oct 04, 2016 Claus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Har lyttet til den anden bog i serien om Arn Magnusson og har været fanget af den gode fortælling der sender Arn vidt omkring og er konstrueret på en sådan måde at han møder mange forskellige historiske figurer i datidens mellemøsten. Bogen veksler mellem kapitler der omhandler Arn i og omkring Jerusalem og kapitler der fortæller hvordan hans trolovede Cecilia klarer sig i klosteret på Gythem (eller hvordan det nu staves). Det giver en fængslende sammenvævning af perspektiver. Selvom Arn er en f ...more
Patricia Strot
Aug 07, 2013 Patricia Strot rated it really liked it
The second book of the trilogy left me wanting the third. The knight, Arn Magnusson, is in the middle east as Master of Gaza so there are many battle scenes. Battles in written form are difficult for me to absorb or find interest in typically but as the story moved on I became engrossed with them. Meanwhile, Arn's betrothed, Cecelia Rosa, is living in Gudhem convent with the abbess, Rikisse (sp?), who is one of the most evil characters in fiction!

Following the many, many characters is very diff
Dec 01, 2014 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, just wow. This book is the second book in Guillou's Crusade Trilogy. I admit I struggled through the first book and only sheer determination got me through it. However, it was WELL worth it to hit this book. The backstory is extremely important to this series, and even more important to the next one. This book chronicles Arn's friendship with Saladin and the events leading to the Crusader defeat in the Holy Land. It is probably one of the most well thought out fictional books in Templar myt ...more
Jun 15, 2012 Diane rated it it was amazing
This swashbuckling adventure is the second installment of the author's Crusades trilogy. The hero and heroine are separated; each carrying out penance. The hero is living as a Templar knight in the Holy Land, while the heroine is living in a Scandanavian convent. Both face challenges, especially as Saladin gathers his forces for an assault against the Crusaders, and the Christian empire in the Holy Land rots from within. The characters are mostly likable, and the plot is fast-paced. The author a ...more
Angie Bollard
Sep 09, 2009 Angie Bollard rated it it was amazing
The wait if FINALLY over. It's been translated into English!!! And with that introduction I may safely say that the wait was worth it. This book was well researched and written. Not only was Arn's story rich and full of depth, but the convent life of Cecilia was also very intriguing. Sometimes I couldn't wait to get out of the holy land with Arn where the royal court was intriguing and generally ruining things to get back to Gudhem to see the latest evil plan of Abbess Rikissa and how Cecilia Bl ...more
Aug 27, 2014 Justin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two stars might be a bit harsh but "it was ok" pretty accurately sums up my experience with this book. I enjoyed it in parts, was bored in others and thought there were too many characters to keep track of. I suppose, just like with the first book in the trilogy, The Road to Jerusalem , I liked this enough to eventually go on to read the last one. But just barely.
Stephen Plank
Jun 30, 2014 Stephen Plank rated it it was amazing
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 - the third book was cut short in so may ways. This book takes place in the Holy Land for a period of 20 years developing the main character to return home for the dream of a united Sweden.
Jul 06, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it
A lovely surprise--I picked up book 1 on a lark and thoroughly enjoyed it. Book 2 was good, too. The translation from Swedish can sometimes be a bit mechanical, and Guillou sometimes falls into a rather pedantic history lesson. But by and large I enjoy the characters and appreciate the religious history. I've just downloaded the ebook to my iPad and started into book 3. Following Arn's progress from innocence to knowledge (without losing his faith and integrity!) is a lovely experience.
Janne Paananen
Jan 31, 2013 Janne Paananen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trilogian ensiosassa oli pääosassa Arnin kasvutarina. Temppeliherrassa seurataan hänen kaksikymmenvuotista palvelustaan Temppeliritarina pyhällä maalla. Tarina seuraa myös hänen elämänsä rakkauden, Cecilian, edesottamuksia pohjolan luostareissa. Koko trilogian kantavia teemoja ovat rakkaus, kaipuu ja kunnia. Tässä toisessa osassa keskitytään ennen kaikkea kunniaan. Tarina pitää hyvin vahvasti otteessaan ja kokonaisuutena tämä toinen kirja on aivan yhtä hyvä kuin ensimmäinenkin.
Feb 07, 2017 Olli-Pekka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guillou onnistuu kertomaan jopa ristiretkiritarin tarinan ja taistelun Jerusalemista ilman suurempaa väkivaltaa. Onhan tämän kiehtovan erilainen sotaseikkailu, vaikka välillä modernin päähenkilön ennakkoluulottomuus, kapinoiminen ja edistyksellisyys pistää vähän hymyilyttämään.
Dec 02, 2009 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series!! It was a while since I'd read part 1 so I had to remember some of the story, but overall this was a great story on it's own, and certainly left me anxious for the last book. The story is broken in parts between Arn & Celia, back & forth following their lives, and equally interesting. Some parts in the Holy Land wars dragged a bit, but still quite a lot of new info about Templars & Jerusalem ... you'll like this one.
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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 Kingdom at the End of the Road (The Crusades Trilogy, #3)

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