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Glastonbury: A Novel of the Holy Grail [Kindle Edition]

Donna Fletcher Crow
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THE HOLY GRAIL LIES SOMEWHERE IN GLASTONBURY!

When Joseph of Arimathea and his little band of pilgrims sought asylum from Roman persecution they fled to Glastonbury — and carried with them the most sacred relic in all of Christendom.

This tiny, sheltered corner of Britannia — this holy “Isle of Avalon” — was also a place of refuge when King Arthur and his knights fought off the invading barbarian hoard. It became the King’s final resting place.

Centuries later, the discovery of Arthur’s bones in Glastonbury sparked a great flowering of the faith and yet more magnificent building — after a devastating fire nearly obliterated the work and worship of centuries.

And then, after the last abbot of Glastonbury was dragged to his death atop Glastonbury Tor, the Abbey’s splendid arches were left to crumble. And yet they still stand today — as beacons of hope for the future.

Two millennia of history and legend intertwine around Glastonbury’s broken arches. And though it all — through ages ancient and modern — the faithful have sought to answer the same question that Arthur asked. Where is the Holy Grail?


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  • File Size: 2156 KB
  • Print Length: 859 pages
  • Publisher: Greenbrier Book Company (May 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00846FWYG
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding historical fiction January 9, 1998
Format:Paperback
As a native of Britain, I grew up learning many of the ancient tales of our island nation in a somewhat sporadic form. What Donna Fletcher Crow has done is to unify all of the old legends (George and the dragon, King Alfred of Wessex, Arthur and the knights of the round table, Avalon, Camelot, St. Patrick and many more) into a chronological narrative of the introduction of the Christian faith to England. Her literary style is beautiful (well crafted) and the language changes with each suceeding era - the Celtic gives way to Roman which in turn becomes Saxon, Norman and ultimately Anglo-Saxon. The reader has a real sense of history as he moves from section to section through 1500 years of history. Personally, my heart ached as I read of the death of King Arthur, but there was always a thread of hope left even in the midst of the darkest of days because the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ had not been extinguished. All in all a very prophetic message for Britain today in these days of spiritual darkness. I hated the book to come to an end! I hope it won't be long before it's back in print, but if you have to settle for a used copy then do so! As a follow-up I would recommend her sequel "The Fields of Bannockburn" - a history of Christianity in Scotland from St. Columba to Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn. It contains a great section on the life and faith of William Wallace.
Conrad Beattie(sdiga@mindspring.com), Atlanta, GA
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faith Through the Ages July 4, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
When we read this book in a book discussion group, I identified 3 areas that could be found in the life of each of the characters: faith, trust, and risk.
From Joseph of Arimathea to Giles Lacey in Tudor England, each character moved through these three areas. Some of them were protected because of their faith, while others were killed for it. But in each case their faith, trust, and risk was rewarded. There were dark times, but each time period saw the light of faith rekindled by their actions. It also shows what can happen when faith is not followed by trust, and how God can bring repentance when the character seems oblivious to God.
The author develops, with ease and plausibility, each character in his or time, and the intrigued reader follows where the author leads. It is a long book, but it could be divided into 2 or more sessions.
Pluses are the maps (there could be 2 separate maps, one with the ancient placenames, and one with the modern equivalents), the glossary, and the source/reference list.
We need more books like this: books which present history with optimism and encouragement.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and instructive April 12, 2000
Format:Paperback
I was captivated by this book and read it every spare moment until I was done. I learned all sorts of things I hadn't known about the history of Christianity in England. One of the best things was how the author tied in many well-known legends, skilfully recounting how they more realistically likely took place, later giving rise to the legends. It was like meeting old familiar friends without veils on their faces. The characters were interesting to get to know along the way, and wistful to see them pass with the years. The first chapter was a little slow, but beyond that things picked up and it was well worth the read.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glastonbury: A novel of Christian England January 20, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book was wonderful. I am a slow reader and I just could not put this book down! Mrs. Crow does a wonderful job of telling a story and teaching you history at the same time. She weaves in so many things that would have been a part of everyday struggle that we would not think of in our modern day lives. Mrs.Crow also does a great job of encouraging your Faith by the lives of these characters. Many times when you read History you don't realize the other significant events that are happening somewhere else...the author does a careful job of informing you of these events and how they affected the Political lives of the Aristocracy and commoners alike. I truely enjoyed this book because I have been to Glastonbury and been in the Tor and have walked through the Abbey ruin. Even if you are not a Christian you will gain alot of knowledge about how England was shaped thoughout history.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting history, wonderful faith May 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Donna Crow's GLASTONBURY is a deeply rich reading experience. The story of how the news of Christ was carried to Britain and established there is told through succeeding layers of British history. Each period depicted, from Celtic to Roman to Arthurian to Anglo-Saxon to Norman to Tudor England, is a self-contained story with language, references, and culture specific to that period. At the same time, earlier periods reveal bits of material which are picked up by later periods and revisited in different ways. The sinews that hold all the sections together as a whole are the brief reflections by the book's fictional author (the monk who is writing the history; he appears as a character in the final section). Reading this book provides a context for the strata of Britain's history at a foundational level; I learned about whole historical periods I never realized existed. I felt the ancient Christ-followers' awe at finding themselves in a misty green land among people with strange customs with whom they would share Christ's gospel; sensed Arthurius's struggle against the overrunning of his homeland by godless invaders; discovered the ancient roots of the language I speak and how its people the Anglo-Saxons established themselves in southwestern Britain; and watched a prior cling to Christ out of devotion in the face of greed, disolution of his monastery, and death. Read this book and undertake a wonderful journey with Christ in your faith; and if you love Britain, that is a bonus!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars New or secondhand?
It was the correct book, but I was disappointed by the condition of it. It looked more like a secondhand book rather than a new one.
Published 8 months ago by Pam White
5.0 out of 5 stars Glastonbury: The Novel of Christian England
This is a wonderful historical novel about the Holy Grail, the cup used at the last supper and the cup which Joseph of Aramithea later took to England, to Glastonbury. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. Tuffy
5.0 out of 5 stars I read this some years ago.
I read this in 1993 when it first came out. I really liked the book and learned a LOT about English Christian history. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Book Mama
5.0 out of 5 stars Glastonbury: A Novel of the Holy Grail
This epic novel appealed to me initially because of the legends surrounding Glastonbury. I was pleasantly surprised by the fleshing out of characters and the research that was... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Monteleonidas
3.0 out of 5 stars Not riveting
i was very much looking forward to this book as I am constantly on the lookout for works on Glastonbury, the story of the grail - anything related really. Read more
Published 12 months ago by D. Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars An Engossing Historical Epic
This historical epic follows the history of Christianity in England from the first Century to the time of the reformation through the lens of Glastonbury, the site where... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Adam
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Christian for me
Like I said...read like an advertisement for Jesus. I kinda gave up around the segue into Camelot. Bits and pieces were interesting, but the continuity between the different... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Richly fascinating, beautifully researched, gloriously evocative
An almost perfect blend of history, mythology, and excellent storytelling, Donna Fletcher Crow's Glastonbury recreates ancient Britain from the time of Druids to the dissolution of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by S. Deeth
5.0 out of 5 stars A 1500 year epic!
First the downside: to be honest, I found the start a bit slow. But then, this isn't an all-action thriller. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Paul T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting historical
As a loyal reader of the King Arthur legends I loved this portrayal of the noble king's battle against the infidel invaders in a magical place. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Georgia
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Donna Fletcher Crow, who lives in Idaho with her husband of 46 years, is the mother of four adult children, grandmother of 10 and author of thirty-some books, mostly novels dealing with British history. Her best known book is the epic historical novel Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England, which was awarded First Place, Historical Fiction, by the National Federation of Press Women.

After almost 10 years in the publishing wilderness Donna is reentering the fray with The Monastery Murders, a series of ecclesiastical mysteries featuring Felicity Howard, an American woman studying for the Anglican priesthood in a monastery in remote Yorkshire. When Felicity's favorite monk is bludgeoned to death she finds herself learning about a lot more than theoretical theology. A Very Private Grave, the first in the series will be released by Monarch Books (Lion Hudson) in May 2010 in the UK and next Sept. in the US by Kregel Books.

She says, "I write historical novels and contemporaries that draw heavily on historical background, because I believe it is vitally important that we not loose touch with our rich historical heritage. Those who have gone before us have worked too hard and suffered too much to preserve the privileges we enjoy for us to forget their stories. Reading of the triumphs of the faithful in ages past can inspire and strengthen us for our own challenging times."

Donna is an enthusiastic gardener, enjoying the challenge of growing an English cottage garden in the Idaho desert. You can visit her garden at http://novelgarden.blogspot.com/
She also enjoys drinking tea with family and friends and hearing from her readers. You can write to her at DonnaFCrow@aol.com.

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