The Templar Knight: Book Two of the Crusades Trilogy [NOOK Book]

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A knight in the Holy Land.
A woman in the frozen north.
A war that kept them apart . . .

The second volume in the internationally bestselling trilogy begun with The Road to Jerusalem—the critically acclaimed epic "destined to become a classic" (Sharon Kay Penman)

Exiled to the Holy Land for two decades, Arn Magnusson has risen in the ranks of the Knights Templar, serving as...

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The Templar Knight: Book Two of the Crusades Trilogy

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Overview

A knight in the Holy Land.
A woman in the frozen north.
A war that kept them apart . . .

The second volume in the internationally bestselling trilogy begun with The Road to Jerusalem—the critically acclaimed epic "destined to become a classic" (Sharon Kay Penman)

Exiled to the Holy Land for two decades, Arn Magnusson has risen in the ranks of the Knights Templar, serving as master of the order's Gaza fortress. Among the last bastion of God's holy warriors determined to save Jerusalem from the Muslims, Arn has cultivated a shrewd understanding of his enemy. Known as Al-Ghouti among the Saracens—Saladin and his Muslim followers—he is renowned as a man of compassion, strength, and faith.

Yet neither time nor distance can lessen the pain of separation from his beloved Cecilia. Confined to a cloister back home in western Götaland, Arn's betrothed is a pawn in a war between clans vying for control of the crown. Yearning for him and their newborn son, who is being raised by relatives, Cecilia must also endure the cruelties of a vindictive abbess from a rival clan.

When an accident of fate brings together Arn and Saladin, a friendship is forged that will alter the course of the Templar knight's life, and the history of Jerusalem itself. After the bloody Battle of Hattin, Arn finally becomes a free man. But the road home is long and treacherous, and he is uneasy about the fate that awaits him and uncertain whether his betrothed still lives.

Broadening the scope of Arn's epic path to redemption, The Templar Knight continues the story of the founding of a nation—and of the warrior and the love that made it possible.

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The second installment of the Crusades Trilogy by Swedish author Guillou (The Road to Jerusalem, 2009, etc.). In his native country, Guillou is well-known as a journalist and as the author of a popular series of spy novels. His Crusades Trilogy features the fictional Swedish knight Arn Magnusson. The Road to Jerusalem chronicled Arn's youth and his forced entry into the Knights Templar as a teenager. This second installment opens with Arn in the Holy Land a decade later, circa 1177. During the next several years he takes part in major battles of the period, including the brutal Battle of Hattin, and gets to know the powerful sultan Saladin, the leader of the Muslim armies. The novel also follows the complex story of Arn's betrothed, Cecilia, who, after becoming pregnant by Arn before marriage, was confined to a convent. The prose style is reminiscent of ancient sagas, and the battle scenes are grand. A fine second volume in an original trilogy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061992575
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Series: Crusades Trilogy Series , #2
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 28,635
  • File size: 634 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Brilliant!!!

    It'so amazing!

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  • Posted April 6, 2010

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    excellent historical epic

    In Anno Domini 1167, teenage Swedish knight Arn Magnusson was forced into joining the Knights Templar as they marched on The Road to Jerusalem; he left behind his beloved betrothed Cecilia unaware of her pregnancy and eventual exile to a convent on Gotaland. Now a decade later in the hot summer of what the Faithful call 575 after Hijra, Arn remains with the Knights Templar in the Holy Land but has moved up the ranks to become master of the fortress at Gaza.

    Over the next few years he survives the battles with the Saracens and respects their shrewd strategic Sultan Saladin. Meanwhile, Cecilia misses her beloved Arn and their son who is raised by others as she remains incarcerated at a convent run by an abbess who loathes her for being a member of a rival clan. Following the bloody battle of Hattin in AD 1187, Arn's twenty year commitment finally is over and he is free to go home, but fears what he will find there as he prays Cecilia is still his.

    The second tale of the Crusades Trilogy is an excellent historical epic that grips the audience from the onset and maintains that hold as a decade swings by. Fast-paced and filled with plenty of action, readers will feel they are part of Arn's command as Jan Guillou brings the twelfth century crusades to life.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    Excellent trilogy with great historical perspective and extensive character development to move the story along.

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  • Posted August 21, 2013

    Enjoyed it very much.

    Enjoyed it very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Amaizing read! Must read!

    Awesome book! Very interesting and pulls you in

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    so addicted

    Jan, love your writing, such a gift you got to read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2011

    Do not read to fall asleep, YOU WONT

    This is the 2nd book in the Crusades Trilogy (The Road to Jerusalem being the first). They did a great job with the Crusades with Saladin but also and to my surprise, I found the story line of the ladies to be just as interesting! In a way its like you are getting two stories where you simply read of Arn's battles and life in the Crusades but at the same time praying and hoping for the Cecelia's and little pretty Uvlhilde (probably spelled that name wrong lol) to survive and have their plans work out while in the Convent.

    Well done, and a GREAT book in this series, better than the first one and the first was excellent!

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