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Glastonbury: The Novel of Christian England

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It was a sanctuary from the world--and a silent witness to it all The first 1,500 years of Christianity's tumultuous history. The clash of cultures. Armies marching. The rise and fall of kingdoms. One language supplanting another. Yet Glastonbury remained a place of serenity, prayer, and reconciliation. As the legacy of faith passed from generation to generation, each era...more
Paperback, 859 pages
Published February 23rd 2000 by Crossway Books (first published May 15th 1992)
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Donna Crow
Jun 18, 2012 Donna Crow rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
GLASTONBURY, A Novel of The Holy Grail, is the book I was born to write.

Just as the search for the Holy Grail is the centerpiece of this 820-page novel covering 1500 years of English history, so the stories of King Arthur have been a centering passion for my life.

In 1992 the first edition of GLASTONBURY, The Novel of Christian England, was published by Crossway Books with its cover showing the broken arches of Glastonbury Abbey through a bower of leafy green. And then in 2000 GLASTONBURY was bro...more
Dale Harcombe
This is a fascinating fictional, but based on history, account of the early Christian church in England. The story starts with a light that shone in the sky announcing a special king born, and then moves to the visit of Joseph of Arimathea to England after the death of Jesus Christ to take the gospel to the Celts. From the Celts the story transverses various stages in history such as Roman Britain, Arthurian Britain etc all the way to Tudor England and makes for a fascinating read. The Arthurian...more
Laura
Given my love of British History and Church History, you might make the leap of faith to conclude that I’ve enjoyed this book. And, you would be right as I’ve loved reading this title!

Ms. Crow has done a fabulous job taking bits of what we know of history and fleshing out stories that bring the different characters to life. Some of the protagonists were familiar (e.g. King Arthur, although in this book he is called Arthurious) and others were not well known to me. But, together their story pain...more
Sheila


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 the monasteries in the Middle Ages. The story splits into separate books, each complete in itself and each contributing an essential ingredient to the whole. It's a long read, certainly, but a rewarding one with such perfect stopping points you can pick it up again week after week, following tales of slavery and Roman...more
Courtney Joshua
So much of this was amazing!
KyBunnies
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I have always loved reading about the Holy Grail. It has such amazing interest. People wonder where it is located and if it is real. When an interesting novel comes along that is rich in history, I am always going to read it no matter what. Well, this is one of those novels. Get ready for several weeks in reading this one; you will need it, skip nothing while reading. This is necessary read for historical fiction lovers.

This novel starts out in a druid village or township. A druid chief i...more
Anne
Once again, Donna has drawn me into her long but wonderful reads about the British, Scottish and Irish Christian past. She weaves a story into the historical fact, and keeps a family tree of the people of whom she writed during each part of history she describes. It begins in early Christian England, when the pagan hoardes are in charge of English soil, with many small kingdons and kings who are ruled by druids. How their concersion begins, along with the history of that period makes for wonderf...more
Adam Graham
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 Christianity first came to the British Isle.

The book is thoroughly researched by Crow who manages to separate fact from myth and craft an engaging tale of English history that falls a long line of kings and peoples through Glastonbury. Along the way, we meet such figures as Joseph of Arimathea, King Arthur, Alfred the Great, and...more
Wynette Mellen
I can't believe I read a novel of 849 pages in less than a month!!! A couple years ago it took me six months to get through Lord of the Rings, and eight months to get through Lincoln's Team of Rivals. Besides reading a good book, I can read several chapters in the Bible without falling asleep. It used to be a year for me to get through 300 pages, and I could get about fifteen verses read in the Bible before I would drift off.
Let me say, that I still do not agree with the doctrines of the Roman C...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Glastonbury
A Novel of the Holy Grail
by Donna Fletcher Crow


Have you ever wished history wasn't so dry and boring? Well, Donna Fletcher Crow has brought it to life with Glastonbury.

Travel back to the early days of England when a star in the East announced the birth of a king of great power. More than thirty years pass when a darkness descends and a great shaking of the earth occurs that the Druid wisdom of old cannot explain.

Druid England waits for the sacrifice that will satisfy the gods for all...more
Tenya Ingalls
Yes! This is the longest book I've ever read, aside from... okay, I'll admit I never finished War and Peace.

I devoured this book!

This is a fascinating compilation of hundreds (or thousands) of years of history. The author takes all those legendary, fantastical stories we all know of King Arthur, Merlin, St. George and the Lady of the Lake (plus MUCH more!) and provides the reader with brass-tacks explanations for the unreal tales. Most legend is rooted in fact, and Crow has done a superb job of...more
Yakking Yogini
If you are an Anglophile (a person who loves all things British) and you love historical fiction, you will enjoy this tome which details how Christianity took root in Great Britain among those strange savages who painted their bodies blue and made their hair stand up on end with dried lime juice. This author incorporates a lot of historical detail, so you will learn more than you ever wanted to know about the druids and the Celts and the Picts and all the other wild races that roamed these fair...more
Melanie
Donna's love of history comes to life in this over 800 page book on the legacy of the Christian faith. Beginning with Joseph of Arimathea from Biblical times and travelling 1500 years to the dissolution of the Glastonbury Abbey in 1539.

There have been many books written on the Glastonbury Abbey and the time of the early Christian church. This novel by Donna Fletcher Crow is indepth, full of visually stimulating words depicting the history of the time, and draws you into the story.

It is a LONG r...more
Fiona Veitch
This was an intriguing read about the history of the expansion of Christianity into England. As a history buff and a Christian I really enjoyed unearthing these (for me) little known facts. Of course, the Joseph of Aramithea link is speculative, but whether it was him or someone else, the scenario that Fletcher Crow created is entirely plausible. And that's all that's required in a work of fiction inspired by facts. I did find it difficult to get into though, particularly because the earlier cha...more
Helene
Apr 05, 2012 Helene rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historical fiction lovers
I loved this book! Maybe I just have strange tastes, but I've read it three times. It prompted me to further research some of the events in the book. I have long had interest in medieval and renaissance eras, so I appreciated the peek into what life may have been like then. Though the book is fiction it made me ponder how much of Donna's story could have been based on truth. As mentioned by other reviewers, it is a very long story, but I really enjoyed reading it - each time! I want to buy this...more
Heather
I started out really enjoying this. I loved the way Donna brought the possible orgins of early legends like King Arthur together with historical characters while staying completely believable.

However, this book spans several hundred years and the fictional characters of each generation have very similar obstacles to overcome! The historical and legendary characters are accurate considering the amount of evidence we have for this time period, but the "extras" got monotonous. I put it down about h...more
Amy
What a very, very long, and yet oh so beautiful novel. It was written just gorgeously and somehow shoved 1500 years of the history of Christianity in England into lovely storylines. I miss this book already. I read it slowly because I was savoring every paragraph. But I highly recommend it to anyone who is into history.
Erin
A very long, long novel. Really a series of novellas about different periods over 1,500 years. Many characters were uninteresting. The basic plot thru each story was the same. In the end I came away with a sense that I had survived the novel, not enjoyed it.
Letitia
Too many characters, too little plot. The novel spans centuries and has only one through line: the location. Several stories that might have great potential were they more developed were left prematurely, and ultimately the book proved an unsatisfying read.
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
I didn't like this book at all as it comes with a very christian based theme and on almost every page there is another prayer, blessing or eulogy to read. If I wanted this much religion in a book, I'd read the bible.

Not for me.
Joanne Dorfman


To escape persecution, a group of Jesus' early followers, led by Joseph of Arimathea, flee to Britain to start a new life. Sounds like a good premise, but unfortunately the story is tedious and dry and I cannot recommend it.
Carole Lehr Johnson
A very long book but well worth the time. I loved the way she wove 1,500 years of Christian and British history into a fictional novel about Glastonbury.
Sandra
Aug 01, 2012 Sandra marked it as to-read
Sounds interesting, and the blurb reminds me of epics like London or Sarum. We'll see...
Doug
Excellent, easy-to-read historical fiction of Christianity in England.
LeAnne
A wonderful span of Christian history set in a place dear to my heart.
Matthew Mitchell
Couldn't quite get into it, so I'm marking it as finished without reading it.
Michelle
My husband really enjoyed this book too!
Micheal Hodge
A thrill to read....almost thought I was there!
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Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of 35 books, mostly novels dealing with British history. The award-winning GLASTONBURY, The Novel of Christian England is her best-known work, an Arthurian grail search epic covering 15 centuries of English history. A VERY PRIVATE GRAVE, book 1 in the Monastery Murders series is her reentry into publishing after a 10 year hiatus. THE SHADOW OF REALITY, a romantic...more
More about Donna Fletcher Crow...
A Very Private Grave (Monastery Murders, #1) A Darkly Hidden Truth (Monastery Murders, #2) Shadow of Reality (An Elizabeth & Richard Mystery #1) An Unholy Communion (Monastery Murders, #3) The Fields of Bannockburn

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