The Road to Jerusalem

The Road to Jerusalem For power For passion For glory The epic story of the Knights Templar Born in to a noble Swedish family and coming of age at a monastery under the tutelage of a Cistercian monk and a former Knigh

For power For passion For glory.The epic story of the Knights Templar.Born in 1150 to a noble Swedish family and coming of age at a monastery under the tutelage of a Cistercian monk and a former Knight Templar, young Arn Magnusson is sent to fulfill his destiny beyond the cloister walls But the world awaiting him is a place at odds with his monastic ways And when the mFor power For passion For glory.The epic story of the Knights Templar.Born in 1150 to a noble Swedish family and coming of age at a monastery under the tutelage of a Cistercian monk and a former Knight Templar, young Arn Magnusson is sent to fulfill his destiny beyond the cloister walls But the world awaiting him is a place at odds with his monastic ways And when the murder of a king engulfs Western G taland into a whirlwind of intrigue and ruthless power plays, headstrong and naive Arn is forced to leave the woman he loves behind and take up arms to battle infidels in the Holy Land.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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  1. Jan Oscar Sverre Lucien Henri Guillou born 17 January 1944 is a Swedish author and journalist Among his books are a series of spy fiction novels about a spy named Carl Hamilton, and a trilogy of historical fiction novels about a Knight Templar, Arn Magnusson He is the owner of one of the largest publishing companies in Sweden, Piratf rlaget, together with Liza Marklund and his common law wife, publisher Ann Marie Skarp.Guillou s fame in Sweden was established during his time as an investigative journalist In 1973, he and co reporter Peter Bratt exposed a secret intelligence organization in Sweden, Informationsbyr n IB He is still active within journalism as a column writer for the Swedish evening tabloid Aftonbladet.In October 2009, it was revealed that Guillou had been recruited by the KGB in 1967 The exposure of his activities came after the tabloid Expressen requested the release of documents from the Swedish Security Service S po and published information from the S po files along with information gained through interviews with former KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky about Guillou s case The records showed that Guillou s involvement with the KGB continued for five years, until 1972 From

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  1. Nordic or Saxon based fantasy or historical novels, when written by those outside of the respective countries, tend to turn into a gamut of stereotypical scenarios involving ale and whore houses, lootin and pillagin , and some booze fueled mano a mano manly combat, with some barbaric execution and torture practices thrown in for good measure All this is supposed to exude that rugged sense of manhood and bonding and brotherhood that kept life going in the longhouses on the icy land Instead these [...]



  2. The first of a trilogy about a Templar crusader named Arn Magnusson, this story is about his parents and the circumstances that surround the birth and teaching the young man Apparently a classic and one of the biggest sellers and most praised books out of Sweden, it is quite long and contains significant information about early medieval Sweden.This is a period of moving away from the old ways, although fairly established as Christian, and Sweden s politics have much of the old system and its fig [...]


  3. The Crusades Trilogy tells the saga of Arn Magnusson in the late 12th century The story of Arn itself is fascinating although entirely fictional Written history of the Northern people in that time period is extremely sparse leaving much wiggle room for Jan Guillou to create a fantasy like tale set in an extremely vivid period of history.Although I only rated the first book The Road to Jerusalem with two stars I gave books 2 3 a better rating The greatest strength of the trilogy is its ability to [...]


  4. It s an uncomplicated read Often boring Sometimes interesting.The extreme naivete of Arn is not my most favorite trait in a main character While later in the story he has a in the world but not of the world quality that stems from his religious upbringing, it wasn t enough to make up for the earlier naive innocence that annoyed me so much.The characters had no real depth for me They haven t been fleshed out to real people, just distant foreign historical figures thrown into a story I did like A [...]





  5. Brilliant depiction of medieval times, centered in the land that would become Sweden Caught between the turmoil resulting from the crusades and the medieval rivalries of kings and church, a young man discovers his inheritance and sets out to realize his destiny.In fulfillment of a promise made to God, a woman of noble means, commits her young son to the care of the Cistercian monks The boy is Arn, and at first he is crushed to be torn away from his family But his natural brightness, intelligence [...]


  6. je 3 skandinavski autor nakoni s kojim se susre em u zadnje vrijeme i moram priznati da su me zainteresirali za skandinavsku knji evnost, jer su stilom i anrom razli iti ne padajte na reklamni slogan Jo Nesb je novi Stieg Larsson Put u Jeruzalem je jedan u podu em nizu povijesnih romana koje sam pro itala u zadnje vrijeme mislim da mi treba barem kratka pauza , pa se ne mogu oteti potrebi da ga usporedim si Put u Jeruzalem i Bijelu kraljicu povezuje narativan karakter i iscrpni opisi ali to Put [...]


  7. A lovely book Unlike some other reviewers, I found the distinctive writing style to be quite delightful Guillou can move effortlessly from the point of view of the na ve Arn, to that of a timid mother in law, to a wise priest, to a calculating nobleman, all in the space of a few pages It must be admitted that the character of Arn seems almost drawn from a fairy tale, but the encounter of such a character with the historically accurate political complexity and occasional brutality of medieval Sca [...]


  8. This book was fantastic It has the proper historical accuracy that a historical fiction should have Jan Guillou is a fabulous, well versed author who can paint the world with his words, tickle the senses with his diction, and transport you into a world of love, betrayal, pain, sin and spirituality If you re a reader who even has a passing interest in history, i would recommend this book to you But we warned the story is very complex and moves fast Simply be careful and try to look at the bigger [...]


  9. By far and away the best trilogy that I have ever read Having seen ARN, a movie that spun all three books into one movie a gem, I had to read the books The movie was the most expensive adventure that Sweden had ever put into a movie according to and it was worth it with one exception the third book was cut short in so may ways This first book sets up the characters in what will become the nation of Sweden.


  10. Kindly sent by my dear friend Bettie Just arrived today The first book of a trilogy but I wasn t really engaged into the plot I am not sure I would read the rest of this trilogy 2,5 stars.


  11. First Read 22.11.12Re read 5.6.14I re read this in preparation to finish the trilogy seeing as I have entirely forgotten most of the story I m glad I had otherwise I d have been very confused by the second book I wish I could remember details when I read books Anyway I enjoyed it still just as much but have changed it from a 5 star to a 4 star Whilst it is still very good and high up there with many books, I m nowadays trying to reserve 5 stars for those that I find exceptional Sometimes I get [...]



  12. I cannot put my finger on exactly why I loved this book so much It s something about Arn He is such an ideal hero skilled and courageous, innocent and honest, ethical to excess, but with a tragic weakness for human love What is not to admire I was drawn to read the series by the cinematic adaptation, but in the old proverbial way, I enjoyed the book so much This first installment is all about Arn s upbringing and the social political climate that formed his education I like the character even [...]


  13. First off, if you want a non fiction history book about the Knights templar, the crusades, don t read a fictitious novel expecting to get a history lesson But if you want a great trilogy about fictitious knights templars and the crusades, then this book is for you The writing style is simple, and this is a quick read I have barely been able to tear my eyes away from it, and I m extremely picky with my books I m that person who won t finish a book if I know I m not into it, no matter how far into [...]


  14. Well written, sweeping historical epic about a young Swedish nobleman who goes to the Holy Land as a Crusader during the High Middle Ages This book, the first in the trilogy, deals with the main character s upbringing and the events that led him to become a knight Although this book did not have as much in depth character description development as I d like, the author did a wonderful job of describing the period and making it seem very realistic I also found the Scandanavian perspective very in [...]



  15. This book really took me by surprise and is the best book I ve read in months It was so good that I m actually writing a review, which I have never done before The description of the book doesn t do the story justice And the writing is phenomenal I would recommend this book to just about anyone.


  16. Interesting novel set in the middle ages Set in Sweden, I have to say the style reminded me of the sagas that came from that part of the world during the time period in which the story takes place Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.


  17. Odli na prva knjiga, s razlogom hvaljena Nadam se da su i ostale u serijalu jednake kvalitete U ovoj knjizi Arn je daleko od nekog stereotipa viteza templara to tek treba postati i zato mi je zanimljivo bilo pratiti njegovo u enje i poimanje svijeta izvan samostana Preporuka


  18. Great bookIt is a good introduction to a important historical moment.After reading it I am interested to find out .




  19. Detailed without being tedious Great read about the making of a Templar Knight in a positive and somewhat tragic light.


  20. This book series is famous in Sweden, having its own bloody mini series which I ll start watching the minute the books have been read and I d never heard of them until I moved here Upon tracking down the trilogy in English I was immediately impressed The reader is immediately thrown into the brutal and tumultuous epoch of kings and clans in the far north reaches of Europe as whispers travel from the Holy Land of Saladin s army assailing JerusalemCentred in the Sth West of Sweden, we follow the h [...]


  21. Jag har sett filmerna men som vanligt r b ckerna b ttre Man f rs verkligen tillbaks i tiden till d elektriciteten skulle anses som svart konst och nda s ttet att ta sig fram var med h st eller g Det var d liga levnads f rh llanden och ktenskapen var inget mer n ett byteskontrakt Roligt, genomt nkt och f rmedlat p ett bra s tt som talar till v ran tid, vilket jag anser r n got av det viktigaste n r man skriver historisk fiktion Det finns tydliga paralleller mellan d tidens Sverige och det relig s [...]


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