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 ~ October 6, 2017
A light projection of Jane's silhouette reigns over the conference.
Day 2, morning outfit, off to trim a new bonnet
Stopped by the emporium for a little shopping and a visit with English friends from past conferences
Mary Guyat from the Jane Austen House Museum and Tim Bullamore, publisher of Jane Austen's Regency World
Attended a special interest session on Jane Austen Churches. Since 2000 the Jane Austen Society of North America has designated 17 churches where Jane worshiped or have especially close ties with her family to make donations to for special projects such as new heating, lighting, flood recovery and printing booklets. The churches include Winchester Cathedral, where Jane is buried; St. Nicholas, Chawton, where she worshiped during her final years; and St. Nicholas Steventon, where she was baptized and grew up.
Gillian Dow, Director of the Chawton House Library gave the keynote address on The Immortal Jane Austen and her best loved Heroine 1817 to 2017, tracing the popular styles in literary heroines over the past 200 years.
Peter Sabor from McGill University spoke on what Jane Austen would have found on the shelves of the Godmersham Park Library when she visited her brother Edward there and told of the efforts to regather and reclaim the lost volumes, then construct a virtual library that will enable scholars to access this magnificent library online. I was especially interested because this lost library was an important plot point in my Jane Austen Encounter mystery.
The next lecture I attended was the delightful Juliet McMaster on The child Author vs Mother of the Novelist, from the Juvenilia to the Novels. I was fascinated to learn how Jane's early work Love and Freindship was a forerunner of Sense and Sensibility.
And finally, a delicious sea bass dinner with Stan. There were more events tonight, but not for me,
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