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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.

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A Reason to Give Thanks, Picture of a Pioneer Thanksgiving

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 24, 2021

Last year I offered my readers a Thanksgiving story titled “Thanksgiving in Troubling Times” about celebrating during the depths of the Great Depression. This was based on scenes from Elizabeth, Days of Loss and Hope, Book 2 in my Daughters of Courage series.

This year I have taken material from Kathryn, Days of Struggle and Triumph, the first book in my family saga trilogy. This...


Margaret of Scotland, Queen and Saint

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 16, 2021

Today, November 16, is the day the Church calendar commemorates one of my favorite historical people—Queen Margaret of Scotland. Margaret wanted to be a nun, but God, history, and a very dynamic man changed all that.

When William the Conqueror defeated the Saxons at the Battle of Hastings—you know—“1066 And All That,” the English royal family had to flee to safety. To Hungary, they thought, but, again, God had other plans. A huge storm blew them onto the coast of Scotland.

Enter King Malcolm—yes, the one from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.” Malcolm’s energy, force of personality, and love for Margaret knew no bounds. So, Margaret consented to be Malcolm...


Saints and Martyrs of England who Changed my Life

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 8, 2021

Stories of faith and valor, of steadfastness in the face of persecution, of the peace and beauty of holiness have always moved and inspired me. Today, November 8, is a special day...


Kishanda Fulford on Reading Jane Austen, Ghosts, and Life in a Stately Home

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 29, 2021

I first "met" Kishanda Fulford when my co-blogger Fay Sampson reported on her experience visiting Great Fulford. When I discovered that Kishanda was the most popular topic on my blog--yes, even before Jane Austen--I wrote a blog wondering whether or not Kishanda might be a Janeite. In researching for that article I discovered that Kishanda Fulford is actually writing a book about an 18th century woman.

With considerable trepidation of over-stepping the bounds of propriety, I wrote to Kishanda, requesting an interview. Her response was immediate and gracious, with a touch of humor, referring to her home Great Fulford...


The Blue Train: Paris to the Riviera with Elegance and Murder

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 6, 2021

Originated by the same company that started The Orient Express, The Blue Train—which got its name from the color of its sleeper cars, not from the fact that it connected to the Côte d’Azur, as I had thought—has had a long and checkered career, interrupted by wars and economic changes, but it remains a symbol of elegance and luxury, and its name conjures images of the epitome of opulent travel.

My first glimpse of this extravagant world was watching the movie “Mr. Bean&rsquo...


At The Hotel Negresco with Hercule Poirot

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 28, 2021

Ah, Le Negresco, symbol of the French Riviera and one of the world’s most luxurious hotels.

No, my daughter-in-law and I didn’t stay there. After all, the current owner Madame Jeanne Augier reportedly replied to Bill Gates’ offer to buy it that, “He couldn’t afford it.”

But surely, our accommodation was a close second-best as our Air B and B was only a few hundred feet on along the Promenade d’ Anglaise. And we looked out on the same azure blue sea.

The hotel Negresco was built in 1912 by Henri Negresco, the son of a Romanian innkeeper. After service in the Romanian army, the young Henri left Bucharest for Paris. Then on to the Riviera, where he found success as director of the Municipal Casino in Nice. This gave him the idea to build a sumptuous hotel of quality that would attract the wealthiest of clients and appeal to the high-rollers that...


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