Birth of the Kingdom: Book Three of the Crusades Trilogy

Birth of the Kingdom: Book Three of the Crusades Trilogy

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by Jan Guillou
     
 

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Inthe final gripping volume of Jan Guillou’sboundary-breaking Crusades Trilogy, exiled warrior Arnde Gotha returns home to Sweden, determined to liberate and unite his homelandin what promises to be his greatest trial yet. Traveling from Saladin’ssand-swept Holy Lands to the Scandinavian North, Arn’sfinal adventure is a captivating historical

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Inthe final gripping volume of Jan Guillou’sboundary-breaking Crusades Trilogy, exiled warrior Arnde Gotha returns home to Sweden, determined to liberate and unite his homelandin what promises to be his greatest trial yet. Traveling from Saladin’ssand-swept Holy Lands to the Scandinavian North, Arn’sfinal adventure is a captivating historical narrative encompassing the strugglefor honor, the quest for lost love, and the momentous clash of European andMiddle Eastern cultures. Fans of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden,William Dietrich, and James Clavell will beenthralled by Jan Guillous’ Birth of the Kingdom,the stunning and dramatic climax to a tale begun in The Road to Jerusalemand The Templar Knight, and a masterpiece of epic and magisterialhistorical fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061688645
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/26/2012
Series:
Crusades Trilogy Series , #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
114,067
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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Birth of the Kingdom 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Max42 More than 1 year ago
Really, Really good, could not put the books down.
Ignash More than 1 year ago
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!
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Enjoyed this trilogy. First book started slow and hard to get into. Second and third books were very good reads!
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doug-433 More than 1 year ago
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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Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
"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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JLSNM More than 1 year ago
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.