Birth of the Kingdom: Book Three of the Crusades Trilogy

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One of the fiercest and most feared warriors of the Knights Templar, Arn de Gotha can finally return home to his beloved Sweden, now that Jerusalem has been lost to Saladin. But during his twenty years of exile, Arn's homeland has been torn apart by warring clans?and the brave nobleman soldier is determined to reunite it and establish lasting peace.

Waiting for him is his beloved Cecilia, emerging from a convent to join him after their unfathomably long separation, against the ...

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Overview

One of the fiercest and most feared warriors of the Knights Templar, Arn de Gotha can finally return home to his beloved Sweden, now that Jerusalem has been lost to Saladin. But during his twenty years of exile, Arn's homeland has been torn apart by warring clans—and the brave nobleman soldier is determined to reunite it and establish lasting peace.

Waiting for him is his beloved Cecilia, emerging from a convent to join him after their unfathomably long separation, against the stern demands of her clan. Their reunion could incite a war unless they can convince the clan that love ranks higher than politics, and that it can sustain a new quest: to create a new people, a new society, with Arn at its helm.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780061688645
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/26/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 173,770
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Swedish-born journalist Jan Guillou has won several international awards, including the Prix France Culture. He is the creator of two of the most successful series ever published in Sweden—the Hamilton series and the Crusades Trilogy. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Really, Really good, could not put the books down.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Brilliant and accurate history - A must read

    Absolutely amazing series; the entire series gives the reader an inside look at the world of the crusades and, the choatic realities of the medieval world, while creating an immense and entertaining fictional storyline. Any lover of history must read this series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

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    readers who prefer a profound sense of time and place will relish the slow paced Birth of the Kingdom

    Two decades ago Arn was exiled from his beloved Western Gotaland (see the Road to Jerusalem). For the twenty years he was away, Arn became a proud fierce Knight Templar who fought against his friend Saladin in a losing war (see The Templar Knight).

    In 1192 with a plan to rebuild his Folkung Clan, affluent Arn returns home accompanied by Holy Land Christian and Muslim knights, doctors and artisans. He also hopes to find his lost love Cecilia and their daughter Alde. However, he finds his country devastated by clan combat. When he locates his Cecelia at a monastery, Arn wants to marry her, but this further divides his clan who already has doubts with the retinue he brought home with him.

    The final chapter of the Crusades trilogy reads more like a historical tale that discerningly showcases life in incredible depth mostly in late twelfth century Sweden, but also deftly compares local customs to that of those in Arn's Holy Land retinue. The action is muted as the detailed history rules the story line. Not for everyone even some fans who read the first two books in the epic; readers who prefer a profound sense of time and place will relish the slow paced Birth of the Kingdom.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Boring

    First I must say that I did not finish reading this book. The reason is that, through the first 100 pages, I could never find a plot. Just reading about the daily life of a returned knight was too boring.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Highly Recommendn

    The whole series was well written with a personal twist to the theme. The second in the series was better than the first and the bthird was the best.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

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    "BIRTH OF THE KINGDOM" (REVIEW)

    "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 in an epic trilogy that history lovers will not want to miss. Jan Guillou's writing is wonderful as he paints the picture of life during those times so vividly. This is one I could read again and again.

    -Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club

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