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Glastonbury, A Novel of the Holy Grail

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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 er

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Kindle Edition, 859 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Greenbrier Books (first published May 15th 1992)
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Donna Crow
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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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Laura
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Dale Harcombe
May 26, 2013 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
Maureen D.  Hunter
Excellent read! Great story!

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
Courtney Joshua
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much of this was amazing!
Karin Jenkins
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is similar in concept to Rutherford's books such a London where the history of an area is told through a series of stories in different generations but with a particular focus on the Christian history and legends of England. It starts with Joseph of Arimathea and the legend that he traded with Cornish tin miners and finishes with the dissolution of the monasteries and in between we meet saints and kings and ordinary folk at various times in history. I got a bit lost in the Dark Ages, but th ...more
edith wherton
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting

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
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Esther Koncyk Mortensen
A good time to read

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.
Sharon
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing work and information!

Thank you for this walk through time.
I have read and felt this moving history.
I will look at my Bible differently.
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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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