The Road to Jerusalem (Crusades Trilogy Series #1)

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For power. For passion. For glory. The epic story of the knights templar.

Born in 1150 to a noble family in the Kingdom of Western Götaland, young Arn Magnusson is marked early on by a miraculous and fateful event. When the boy inexplicably recovers after falling from the parapet of his ancestral home, his mother finds herself beholden to a promise made in a moment of prayer. Arn, second-born son of Magnus Folkesson, will live his life in the...

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The Road to Jerusalem: Book One of the Crusades Trilogy

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Overview

For power. For passion. For glory. The epic story of the knights templar.

Born in 1150 to a noble family in the Kingdom of Western Götaland, young Arn Magnusson is marked early on by a miraculous and fateful event. When the boy inexplicably recovers after falling from the parapet of his ancestral home, his mother finds herself beholden to a promise made in a moment of prayer. Arn, second-born son of Magnus Folkesson, will live his life in the service of God—sent from his family to do holy work and to prepare for a position in the priory.

At Varnhem monastery, Arn comes of age under the tutelage of Father Henri, a Cistercian monk devoted to his aristocratic pupil's education. However, grammar, math, and logic are not the only lessons: Brother Guilbert, the monastery blacksmith and former Knight Templar, finds Arn adept at training of a very different kind. Observing the boy's extraordinary talent with horse, sword, and bow, Father Henri, trusting in God's will, sends his charge into the world to fulfill a destiny that lies beyond the cloister walls.

Returning home, Arn finds his monastic habits at odds with his clan's old and tested ways. Yet his family soon discovers that Arn has learned more than poetry and farm work, and he proves himself useful at a time when he is needed most. The murder of a king has brought Western Götaland into a whirlwind of intrigue, and cunning lords from East and West are vying for power. And, when Arn meets the lovely Cecilia, he discovers this new and dangerous world holds other surprises too. Before he can claim her hand, however, the headstrong and naïve noble makes a fateful mistake that will wrench him from his love and send him to a foreign war—to the Holy Land to battle infidels for twenty years.

From the frozen landscapes of Northern Europe to the bloody battlefields of the Middle East, Arn will face brave knights, powerful queens, and treacherous kings. The first book in the international bestselling Crusades Trilogy, this thrilling epic of betrayal, faith, blood, and love sets "a Shakespearian quest for power" (Corriere della Sera, Italy) against the backdrop of the Holy Wars, witnessed through a vibrant, unorthodox lens.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061688539
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Series: Crusades Trilogy Series , #1
  • Edition description: Translation
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 858,572
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (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 November 19, 2010

    Caught My Mind and Soul Up and In!!!!

    I went to choose a book from another author I know well. But this book was shelved just above books by the author I sought....gratefully "The Road To Jerusalem" beckoned to me. I am mama of 4, can be busy every minute. This time, the places and mostly the character's jumped inside of my soul. My little wonderful world has been It's like I have an "event" to go to. Thank you for such a completely unique surprise in place, time, etc., etc. Reading your book has delighted my mind and soul.

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  • Posted April 3, 2009

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    a fabulous historical thriller

    In 1150 Sweden Arn Magnusson is born; the second son of an aristocratic Swedish family. While still a child, he is air lifted by a rock, which when he lands below the castle should have killed him. Instead he returns from the dead leading his parents to believe he is special especially with the hair covering his forehead from the day he was born. His parents send Arn to a monastery where the monks teach him to read and write. However former knight, Brother Guilbert becomes his mentor teaching him archery and swordplay as well as guiding him into understanding the metaphysical spiritual realm.---------------

    Arn is attracted Cecilia; especially loving her voice when she sings. However Cecilia's jealous sister Katarina seduces Arn and subsequently confesses her sin. Excommunicated for his transgressions Arn is sentenced to serve his penitence as a Knight Templar for two decades in the Holy Land. ----------

    The aptly named THE ROAD TO JERUSALEM (Arn is still in Europe by book's end) is a fabulous historical thriller that provides a refreshing perspective on twelfth century religion and society in Sweden. Arn is a terrific lead character who holds the vivid story line together; the support cast enhances the deep look into Swedish medieval society while also propelling the plot forward. Crusades historical readers will appreciate this opening gamut and anxiously await the hero's return hopefully in Jerusalem.------------

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2010

    For historical fiction aficionados this is an interesting topic for that historical timeframe. Who knew the Goths in Scandinavia were part of the crusades.

    An interesting look at the life of the Goths in the Middle Ages. Particularly in Scandinavia. Home life, religion, govenment all intertwined in a story of a young boy brought up in a monastery to become a warrior and travel to the Holy Land as a Knight Templar.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Not bad...not good. Kinda easy absorbing.

    I was sick of what I was reading and needed a quick change, this was it...I was not sure but I took a chance. The choice was ok, esay read, somewhat interesting...Sweden and the Crusades, Scandanavia, human nature. Royal characters and the thralls and monasteries.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2009

    Terrific Summer Reading

    This is one of the best books that I have read in years and immediately set me out on a quest for the second book in the trilogy. I might have to learn Spanish!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    I learned about Swedish history

    Though billed as a novel about the Knights Templar this opening novel is more about the fight for the Swedish crown in the 1100's. The love story dominates and really the second novel in this series is more about the Knights Templar as the Christians lose hold of the holy land.

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  • Posted February 10, 2012

    Recommend!!!

    Coulnd't put it down. Can't wait to read the two sequals.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    amazing

    loved it throughout, an amazing read

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