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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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GLASTONBURY, The Novel of Christian England, in a Shining New Edition

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 5, 2013

I am thrilled to announce that a beautiful all-new edition of GLASTONBURY, The Novel of Christian England, has just been released by Angelico Press http://angelicopress.wordpress.com/glastonbury/

I have always considered GLASTONBURY to be the centerpiece of my career— perhaps the book I was born to write. My lifelong fascination with the Arthurian legends has had much to do with my devout Anglophilia and my love of English history and literature. Then I visited Glastonbury in 1985 with my editor as a side trip to another project we were working on. As soon as I encountered the legend of Joseph of Arimathea bringing Christ to Glastonbury as a child and then returning after the crucifixion, bearing the cup of the Last Supper— the Holy Grail— with him, I knew I had my story.

The structure of the story fell into place. I knew I wanted to cover Celtic, Roman, Arthurian, Anglo-Saxon, Norman and Tudor England. And early research revealed the story of Brother Austin Ringwode, the last monk of Glastonbury, who became my through character as, after the dissolution of the monastery, he stays on in the village and searches for the meaning of all that has gone before:

My candle gutters. The light flickers and grows dim, just as my eyes dim with age. But as my outward sight dims, my inner vision brightens. The knowledge from my years of study glows with the radiance of certainty. Much that was told me many years ago when I came to Glastonbury as a young novitiate now takes on a significance I could little appreciate then. And now that the books are gone, all that I have read lies illuminated in my memory.

Even in those early days, Father Whiting declared my mission would be a special one. But he had no idea that my destiny would be the saddest of all— that I, Austin Ringwode, last of the Glastonbury monks, would record the end of the greatness that was Glastonbury.

Yet perhaps in setting it all down, I can make sense of the senselessness— discover our Lord’s hand in all the seemingly pointless destruction. And perhaps in this journey— this act of searching it all out and setting it down for later generations— I can solve the greatest of Glastonbury’s mysteries. Perhaps I can discover at last that most blessed of all objects. Perhaps it will be given to this humble servant to find the holy grail. This is my prayer. This, my quest.

That first edition came out from Crossway Books 25 years ago:

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                          

Then in 2000 Crossway reissued a completely new reedited edition.

                                                                                                                                     

 

Last year Greenbrier Books brought out an ebook edition especially edited for easier electronic reading— which primarily means shorter paragraphs and more headings to keep from getting lost on an ereader.

 

 

 

And now once again, with careful editing, new formatting and redesigned cover, the latest edition from Angelico Press.

And so I say with Brother Austin, as the experience and privilege of writing this book taught me:

I see now that it has been His power through all the ages— the direct hand of God working His will for good. So must I continue to believe that He still works. Even when one can see only evil on every side— He still works.

 Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto Him who sits upon the throne forever and ever, world without end, amen.

 

Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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I'm off to buy your latest edition! I visited Glastonbury in 2005. Having read your monastery novels, I know "Glastonbury" will be excellent!
-Marsha, April 24, 2013

Thank you, Marsha! I'm delighted you like my Monastery Murders. How lovely that you've been to Glastonbury. I hope you enjoy revisiting it in my book.

-Donna, April 24, 2013

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