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 ~ January 2, 2019
Britain's Re-Told History Of Tragedy And Triumph Offers Hope For UK In 2019 As It Is Torn Apart By Brexit, Says Donna Fletcher Crow, Author Of The Award-Winning, Epic Novel 'Glastonbury'
To gain the future, Crow says, Britons must reclaim the past. A perspective from history can be an enormous help in holding to hope for the challenges of the present situation.
Author Donna Fletcher Crow
[Boise ID, January 2, 2018] British history, forged and tempered in triumph and tragedies of every kind, has spawned a culture unlike any other on Earth. The United Kingdom has proven to be one of the most resilient nations that has ever existed, producing the largest empire ever known. Having seen more than her fair share of dark times, whether the Middle Ages, civil wars, revolutions or Brexit, Great Britain has always triumphed. Donna Fletcher Crow, novelist of British history, has given us a tantalizing and very rich taste of a good deal of that history in her epic novel 'Glastonbury'.
A careful observer of British current events as well as history, Crow commented on the ongoing anxiety over Brexit in a recent interview: “I would never presume to tell Britons what to do on the issues. My desire is to give hope for daily life through an understanding of history. The most vital thing I learned in studying 1,500 years of British history while writing Glastonbury is that no matter how dark events seem today, it has been much darker in times past—and the Light has always triumphed. People and leaders, however, must look for that Light and be open to it, as they have been through the ages.”
Crow said that one example to which she often points is the time King Alfred spent on the Isle of Athelney in 878. Driven into the marshes by Viking invaders, Alfred, his family and a tiny band of retainers were all that remained of the English court. Yet that spring Alfred found courage to send out the hosting call. His warriors responded and were victorious in the Battle of Ethandun. The peace held and led to a great flowering of the nation under Alfred the Great.
“I firmly believe such a prospering can come again if we keep the faith and look to the Light on the other side of the darkness,” Crow concluded.
‘Glastonbury’, which received the prestigious First Place, Historical Novel, award from the National Federation of Press Women, is written in an engaging you-are-there style that allows readers to live the history. It recounts how Joseph of Arimathea and his little band of pilgrims, seeking asylum from Roman persecution, fled to Glastonbury—and carried with them the most sacred relic in all of Christendom, the holy grail. Later, this tiny, sheltered corner of Britannia—this holy "Isle of Avalon"—was also a place of refuge when King Arthur and his knights fought off the invaders who would destroy their civilization. Later it became Arthur's final resting place.
Centuries on, the discovery of Arthur's bones in Glastonbury sparked a great flowering of the faith and the building of a magnificent abbey—after a devastating fire nearly obliterated the work and worship of centuries.
Then, after the last abbot of Glastonbury was dragged to his death atop the Tor, the Abbey's splendid arches were left to crumble. Yet they stand today—as beacons of hope for a renewed future.
Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of more than 45 books, mostly novels of British history. The award-winning 'Glastonbury' is her best-known work. Readers and reviewers have raved about 'Glastonbury', calling it "the best of its kind," "richly fascinating," "beautifully researched," "gloriously evocative," and "panoramic." One Amazon reader said, "WHAT a work! Every reader can be enveloped in the sheer scope and quality, every historian be constantly nodding at the precise detail and accuracy, and every Christian can rejoice in the fullness of scripture. For me it is simply beyond descriptive praise. I would urge all who value truth to treat themselves to a feast."
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