Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History, has written more than 50 books specializing in British Christianity. These books include: The Monastery Murders, clerical mysteries; Lord Danvers Investigates, Victorian true-crime; The Elizabeth and Richard series, literary suspense; and Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England. She loves research and sharing you-are-there experiences with her readers.
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Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History
A traveling researcher engages people and places from Britain's past and present, drawing comparisons and contrasts between past and present for today's reader.
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 3, 2021
The writing life can be a crazy ride, especially because one never knows what’s next. That’s certainly true for my latest venture of making videos in the persona of Jane Austen. In a previous blog I explained how I fell into this adventure. Now I’ve carried it one step further.
“Jane Austen from Paradise to Lyme Regis” is currently premiering on You Tube. Here Jane, in response to information from...
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 13, 2021
My new media ventures are official with a fresh menu item on my website: Just up—pages offering my daring plunge into Videos and Podcasts. I’m having lots of fun, in spite of the steep learning curve. Do take a look. Work on my next production “Jane Austen from Paradise to Lyme Regis” is well on its way.
And don’t miss my new—FREE—book offer this week. Ends Monday, May 17. The Daughters of Courage, is a three-for-one set:
Three exceptional women: the indomitable Kathryn, her daughter Elizabeth and granddaughter Stephanie, must each face the challenges of her generation through days of struggle, loss and turmoil. And each, with...
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 27, 2021
In my recent video “Jane Austen: From Paradise to Portsmouth” Jane takes viewers to the royal Garrison Church in Portsmouth and recounts the central role their faith played in the lives of her two naval brothers.
Francis, who rose to be Admiral of the Fleet, was known as “the officer who knelt in church,” an uncommon devotion in those days of rather careless religious practice.
And up to the day of his death there...
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 22, 2021
I’ll admit it. In preparing my video Jane Austen from Paradise to Portsmouth I did worry about my American accent. Would it be acceptable to English viewers? To American viewers, for that matter? Should I attempt to speak in cut glass “received” English? An endeavor at which I knew I would fail.
But then, what would Jane have sounded like, living in rural Hampshire 200+ years ago?
I consulted one of my favorite authorities Bill Bryson. In his book The Mother Tongue, he reported that:
Dr. David Ramsay, one of the first American historians, noted in 1791 that Americans had a particular purity of speech, the result of people from all over Britain being thrown together in America where they “dropped the peculiarities of their several provincial...
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 11, 2021
A worldwide pandemic isn’t a career move, but in the past year many of us have been forced to reinvent ourselves due to the strictures of not being able to travel, hold meetings, or speak to groups in person. That’s what happened to me when I was barred from taking research trips, speaking at book festivals, and meeting with readers’ groups.
When closures continued this year, I agreed to give...
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 23, 2021
Here's all you need to know to register for my upcoming gig—Monday March 1, at the Portsmouth Bookfest—via Zoom, of course.
I will be appearing as Jane Austen, and in her persona, will talk about the importance of Portsmouth both to the Austen family—especially her sailor brothers, and in Jane’s letters and books—especially Mansfield Park.
The event will be at 7:00 English Time—which makes it 12 noon here in Idaho. This site can help you convert this to your own time.
I’m preparing lots of slides to illustrate Jane’s talk and Jane and I will both welcome questions and comments at the end. We would love...
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