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The Knight Templar by Jan Guillou
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Jun 02, 10

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Read in June, 2010

PROTAGONIST: Arn Magnusson, Templar Knight, and Cecilia Rosa, convent resident
SERIES: #2 of 3
RATING: 4.0
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 evil and cruel abbess. The main focus is on Arn Magnusson, her betrothed, who is serving 20 years in the Templar Knights and serves first as fortress master in Gaza and then Jerusalem. A bit overlong and could have edited out some of the segments. Overall, a good book. This was originally written in Swedish and has an amazingly excellent translation which made it very accessible.
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