Glastonbury, A Novel of the Holy Grail
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 er...more
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
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
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
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Having been to Glastonbury, climbed the Tor and drunk from the chalice well, I loved reading about its continuing place in history. I would have liked an afterword about the historical sources employed in writing this novel
Wonderful book, no doubt. Usually ,I despise the idea of a series and think that story should be told in one go. Sadly in this case,I am wrong. Each section would have made a lovely novel. Please consider rereleasing it as several separate volumes. By the time I got about 3/4 through I was losing the will to live. But.... I found it enjoyable and extremely interesting. It makes the old legends seem quite possible when put into historical context. I would have actually given six stars ...more
I often find myself getting a bit lost with so many different characters but that was not the case here. For the most part, I was able to follow through due to the author's style of writing. It was interesting how she incorporated King Arthur and its many tales told through history. The author also appears to have a good grasp on what people of faith are truly about.