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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 it was amazing  ·  (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
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Dale Harcombe
May 26, 2013 Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 06, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Paul Trembling
First the downside: to be honest, I found the start a bit slow. But then, this isn't an all-action thriller. 'Glastonbury' covers a vast swathe of history, and the pace is appropriate - steady and well measured. There is a big story to tell here, and the writer tells it with depth.

Indeed, it is that depth, that thorough attention to detail which I came to appreciate as one of the strengths of this book. It's clear that a lot of research has been done. The writer not only has a firm grasp of the
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S.C. Skillman
May 01, 2015 S.C. Skillman rated it it was amazing
Having visited Glastonbury and loved the Abbey, I was keen to read this novel. As a reader of her monastery mysteries, I admire the way Donna Fletcher Crow interweaves her skills as an imaginative fiction writer with her love for English history. She has undertaken a huge task in seeking to fictionalise the history of Christianity in England; and this novel is correspondingly very long. I admit that in common with a number of other reviewers, I found the early sections of the book rather slow-go ...more
Courtney Joshua
Oct 27, 2013 Courtney Joshua rated it it was amazing
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
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Anne
Oct 08, 2010 Anne rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 26, 2013 Adam Graham rated it really liked it
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
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Wynette Mellen
Jul 20, 2010 Wynette Mellen rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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Melanie
Sep 28, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it
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
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Fiona Veitch
Nov 21, 2011 Fiona Veitch rated it really liked it
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 really liked it
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
Nov 19, 2008 Heather rated it it was ok
Shelves: quit-reading
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
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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
Marilyn
This is an awesome book, with stories from many times in early Christian history. I liked each one (except the first one) which I think was very far from what happened during the time of Joseph of Arimethea. I have studied it closely and it doesn't come close to what really happened. Otherwise, a long but very interesting read!
Amy
May 28, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 09, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: finished
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
Jun 12, 2007 Letitia rated it it was ok
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
Aug 16, 2012 Joanne Dorfman rated it did not like it


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
Jun 13, 2012 Carole Lehr rated it really liked it
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.
LeAnne
A wonderful Micheneresque span of Christian history set in a fascinating part of Britain.
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
Aug 06, 2011 Doug rated it really liked it
Excellent, easy-to-read historical fiction of Christianity in England.
Matthew Mitchell
Jul 27, 2013 Matthew Mitchell rated it did not like it
Couldn't quite get into it, so I'm marking it as finished without reading it.
Michelle
Nov 16, 2007 Michelle rated it it was amazing
My husband really enjoyed this book too!
Micheal Hodge
Oct 01, 2012 Micheal Hodge rated it it was amazing
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
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