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The Knight Templar: Volume 2 The Crusades Trilogy Hardcover – 5 Dec 2002

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (5 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752846485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752846484
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.1 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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‘He has a remarkable grasp of the mindset of the period and always puts the emphasis where it would be for the people involved at hat time, rather than ours. Some readers may find that disorienting, but a capacity for disturbing readers’ assumptions is even more a hallmark of good historical fiction than the inclusion of the Knights Templar’
Diana Gabaldon

'Thrilling and inspiring, bloody and romantic; utterly of its time and utterly modern’
Tom Holland

'Destined to become a classic, a brilliant and dramatic recreation of the medieval world' Sharon Penman

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The second volume of the bestselling Swedish crusades trilogy, THE KNIGHT TEMPLAR is an atmospheric and colourful journey into the heart of the Middle East, weaving romance and brutal medieval history into a compelling tale.

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I loved this book so much. I bought and read it via iBooks on my new iPad and am now going to try and find the first in the series. Can hardly wait for number three. It feels so true-to-life and is rightly sympathetic to the Islamic leadership of that era and truthful about the corruption in the Crusades and some of the Templars. But most of all it was a good story on a human level and I particularly loved the way Cecilia coped with her unjust incarceration. The unjust treatment of women in the name of politics was not unique to that era, to any religion or even religion itself. We think we have moved on but what is happening in Iran and elsewhere shows not. Guillou tells a gripping and sympathetic tale of human nature and shows it is us, not God or religion, that are to blame when things get nasty but also, likewise, he shows how faith can inspire acts of true courage, nobility and self-sacrifice for the greater good and in the name of love of God and man.
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This is the second in the series of three of the story of Arn and Cecilia during the 12th century, after their excommunication due to committing the sin of "abomination". The sentence is 20 years of pennance, for Cecilia its 20 years spent in a nunnery and Arn as a knight Templar in the Holy Land.

I had actually first watched the film and then thought to read the books and see how they differed. I quite enjoyed the film and was pleasantly surprised when I started reading the books. It was remarkable how much had been left out of the film as well as being changed in some important aspects e.g. in the book Arn slept with both the Algot daughters and in the film he had rejected the advances of the second sister.

In many ways I was very impressed by the way Guillou represented the muslims in the Holy Land. The respect shown the prophet Mohammed where he never fails to add: "peace be unto him", is impressive. I have noticed that this is not true of his use of the well known muslim expression: "God willing" which may be almost as important. I was also impressed by his representation of King Richard the Lion Heart as a childish man who committed terrible crimes such as the massacre of 2000 muslims. This is the first time I noticed that he was not shown as some kind of hero and the fact that Arn told Saladin that he had won because of this massacre must certainly have had a great influence on the war.

Two very enjoyable books and I am waiting to see what the third in the trilogy has to offer.
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OK, I enjoyed the first book and this was even better. It does not get bogged down in the period but offers a fairly fast paced (and insightful) look at the period of Christians (and their dubious treatment of others) and their fight for control of the Holy Lands. Thorougly enjoyed it and look forward to the last in the series.
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Are you a serious admirerer of the Knights Templar? Then this isn't a book for you. Do you just love Templar hype? Do you have a collection of weird Templar books at home or in your trailer? Then "The Knight Templar" is a must have.

I'm sure you've read books where the Templars are pirates, terrorists, Satanists, keepers of the Holy Grail or just plain mean to poor Ivanhoe. Forget about them. Say goodbye to Earl Sinclair, Brian Guilbert and albino killers in Paris. Say hello to Arn Magnusson, the pro-Muslim multi-culturalist Templar.

"The Knights Templar" is a English translation of the Swedish novel "Tempelriddaren" by Jan Guillou. I've never read the translation, so I can only vouch for the Swedish original. You just have to buy this book anyway! If you live in Nueva Mexico or Puerto-damn-Rico, you can even purchase a Spanish translation. Note that "The Knights Templar" is really the second part of a trilogy. However, it can be read independently of the others.

Jan Guillou is a highly controversial writer, journalist and political columnist. Politically, he is very left-wing and pro-Muslim. Indeed, he is blacklisted by US authorities and can't enter the country! The heroes of his novels are always tough macho guys. But they are tough macho guys with a twist: they are politically correct tough macho guys. If you can imagine a politically correct version of Arnold Schwarzenegger, you can imagine Arn Magnusson, the main character of "The Knights Templar".

The novel is very well-written. It cleverly weaves together fact, fiction and sheer fantasy. Indeed, it's so clever that you have to be an expert on the history of the crusades to untangle the fact from the fiction. Guillou even utilizes Muslim legends about Saladin's dealings with the Templars.
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I was sceptical when I started reading the first book of this trilogy thata fundamentally interesting story by a foreign writer would be spoilt byuninspriring translation, as I had found with the Ramses series by C Jacqfor example.
This second book in the series follows the seperate livesof Arn and Cecilia through political changes, major battles and personalupheaval. The storytelling pace does not let up as the book progresses andthe reader is left wanting to commence with the trilogy's conclusionstraight away.
If you enjoy historical novels with depth and accuracy,the Knight Templar, and indeed this trilogy is highly recommended.
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