The Road to Jerusalem (Crusades Trilogy, Bk. 1) : Th man who would become the Great Crusader, Arn de Gothia, began his life in a monastery. While he did absorb some scholarly lessons, he learned far more from a former Knight Templar. Arn became a superb swordsman, a natural fighter and an excellent horseman. Even his monastery superiors began to think that this perhaps was not the place to which God was calling him. But release from such safe surroundings to the world outside could never be easy, and Arn's innocence and strength propel him into remarkable difficulties. His country was at war, rival families including his own striving for the crown - and no one had expected him ever to emerge from the monastery to claim his heritage. Drinks, women and warfare were all intoxicating but the penalties imposed for transgressing rules were fierce: in his case, banishment to join the Knights Templar. The crusader was born . . .