- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,825,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Knight Templar: Volume 2 The Crusades Trilogy Hardcover – 5 Dec 2002
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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’
'Thrilling and inspiring, bloody and romantic; utterly of its time and utterly modern’
'Destined to become a classic, a brilliant and dramatic recreation of the medieval world' Sharon Penman--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great details of the life of a Templar and sympathetic to the Saracins together with an interesting story of ArnPublished 10 months ago by G. Urwin
Not much of a reader but thanks to Amazon got my father the perfect birthday gift
Amazon included the idea that it was a trilogy which completes the story, never would... Read more
I enjoyed reading this book and through the descriptions of the scenery and actions felt I was actually there and also felt it would be interesting to visit the areas where all... Read morePublished 21 months ago by madcapbears