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The Templar Knight: Book Two of the Crusades Trilogy (The Crusades Trilogy #2)

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“[Guillou] has a remarkable grasp of the mind-set of the period and always puts the emphasis where it would be for the people involved at that time, rather than ours. Some readers may find that disorienting, but a capacity for disturbing readers’ assumptions is even more a hallmark of good historical fiction than the inclusion of the Knights Templar.”
— Diana Gabaldon, Was
ebook, 496 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1999)
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mohab samir
Dec 25, 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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 23, 2011 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 27, 2010 Joey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 05, 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  ·  review of another edition
fantastic continuation if the first book
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
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
Dan Claffey
Jun 24, 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 11, 2015 Ines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 03, 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
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 - 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.
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.
Howard Anders
Nov 03, 2013 Howard Anders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Patricia Strot
Oct 12, 2013 Patricia Strot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Blanka Lednická
Jul 23, 2016 Blanka Lednická rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan Guillou prostě umí. Dvě linie v jedné knize, které z mého hlediska mimo jiné krásně ilustrují něco, co si my už dneska nedovedeme představit - jak pomalu a dlouho putovaly informace z jednoho konce světa na druhý...
Dec 31, 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
Nicole Zimmer
This second novel depicts mostly the Crusaders fighting a war against the Muslins to save Jerusalem. Lots of interesting facts about Muslims and their war tactics.
Nicolas Briozzo
Feb 27, 2014 Nicolas Briozzo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente, aunque el cruze con Saladino es muy probablemente ficcion del autor, no deja de ser una novela muy disfrutable.
Andrei Faur
Dec 19, 2014 Andrei Faur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Behind the story lie a lot of provoking thoughts about religion humanity.

Parallel stories: Cecilia and Arn.

Historical fiction at its best, fun to read and very captivating.
Angie Bollard
Jul 07, 2011 Angie Bollard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 15, 2012 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Joan Huehnerhoff
I got the 1st book in the series as a BookBub deal. It was a great read, so great that I then purchased the next two books in the series at full price. This is medieval historical fiction at it's finest.
Matthew Evans
Feb 17, 2014 Matthew Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
After the scene-setting of the first book, this second instalment made for an enjoyable and action-packed read. Whether set in the Holy Land or in Gotaland, the pace was steady and fleshed out with well rounded characters, no matter how regularly orbriefly they featured. The writing was excellent and I am thoroughly looking forward to the concluding book.
Jul 12, 2016 Evg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frk. Hyms
Feb 19, 2014 Frk. Hyms rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-and-read
Jul 06, 2011 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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Other Books in the Series

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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