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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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Tour of Canterbury Cathedral, Then and Now And A Free Book

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 10, 2022

Happy New Year to all my Readers!

Along with everyone else I am praying for a healthy 2022 for our world—including the open gatherings and travel that will include. But in the meantime, while we continue to take precautions, let me offer you an armchair visit to Canterbury Cathedral—in a January snowstorm in mid-Victorian times—via a free copy of To Dust You Shall Return. (Free through 1/13)

But to begin, a few pictures of 2 very different visits I had there: First, shortly after 9/11—times equally as scary as today.

The Cathedral was evacuated and gates to the close barred just before Evensong in response to an Anthrax threat.

The square outside the gate was filled with emergency vehicles and confused people, including myself. Some said it was the first such unscheduled closure since the murder of Archbishop Thomas Beckett.

On a more peaceful 2021 visit I stayed inside the close in the Pilgrim Inn—which gave me access to the glorious grounds at night.

Now, to the book: Lord Charles and Lady Antonia Danvers visited the cathedral under yet different circumstances in January, 1855. Charles has been summoned by his imperious godmother, the Dowager Duchess of Aethelstan, but Antonia has her own dark secret which she is struggling to conceal from her husband.

And then they are drawn into the insidious murder of frail, gentle Catherine Bacon and Charles chases a murderer over the rooftop of Canterbury Cathedral.

Be sure to get your free copy before January 13. And if you enjoy your read, please leave a review.

If you would like a more leisurely tour of Canterbury Cathedral and background on its history, I offer you this video.

I hope you enjoy both the video and my book.

Until next time,

Donna

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.

www.donnafletchercrow.com

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Wow! The first time it was closed since Thomas Beckett! We have really are living in historical times! My visit there was far less exciting, but still wonderful.
-SheilaDeeth, January 11, 2022

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