Glastonbury: A Novel of the Holy Grail

Glastonbury: A Novel of the Holy Grail

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by Donna Fletcher Crow
     
 
THE HOLY GRAIL LIES SOMEWHERE IN GLASTONBURY!

When Joseph of Arimathea and his little band of pilgrims sought asylum from Roman persecution they fled to Glastonbury — and carried with them the most sacred relic in all of Christendom.

This tiny, sheltered corner of Britannia — this holy “Isle of Avalon” — was also a

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THE HOLY GRAIL LIES SOMEWHERE IN GLASTONBURY!

When Joseph of Arimathea and his little band of pilgrims sought asylum from Roman persecution they fled to Glastonbury — and carried with them the most sacred relic in all of Christendom.

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 invading barbarian hoard. It became the King’s final resting place.

Centuries later, the discovery of Arthur’s bones in Glastonbury sparked a great flowering of the faith and yet more magnificent building — after a devastating fire nearly obliterated the work and worship of centuries.

And then, after the last abbot of Glastonbury was dragged to his death atop Glastonbury Tor, the Abbey’s splendid arches were left to crumble. And yet they still stand today — as beacons of hope for the future.

Two millennia of history and legend intertwine around Glastonbury’s broken arches. And though it all — through ages ancient and modern — the faithful have sought to answer the same question that Arthur asked. Where is the Holy Grail?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015695267
Publisher:
Greenbrier Book Company
Publication date:
05/17/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
539,722
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Donna Fletcher Crow is a lifelong Anglophile and history buff. She has written more than thirty books, most of them novels dealing with the history of British Christianity, including Glastonbury: The Novel of Christian England and a six-book series, The Cambridge Chronicles.

A Very Private Grave, Book 1 in The Monastery Murders was published in 2010. Book 2 A Darkly Hidden Truth was published last year.

Her cozy mystery series, “The Lord Danvers Mysteries,” is available in all eBook formats from Greenbrier Publishing Company.

An Idaho native, Donna wrote The Daughters of Courage Series, now available from Greenbrier Books, based on her own family stories and those of other Idaho pioneers, as a tribute to the strong women to whose heritage we owe so many of our blessings.

She and her husband live in Boise, Idaho. They are the parents of four adult children and have ten grandchildren. When not writing or working in her English cottage garden Donna is kept busy visiting their sons and families who live from coast to coast in the U.S. and their daughter in Canada.

Please visit Donna at www.DonnaFletcherCrow.com to learn more about her many books.

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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
An almost perfect blend of history, mythology, and excellent storytelling, Donna Fletcher Crow’s Glastonbury recreates ancient Britain from the time of Druids to the dissolution of the monasteries in the Middle Ages. The story splits into separate books, each complete in itself and each contributing an essential ingredient to the whole. It's a long read, certainly, but a rewarding one with such perfect stopping points you can pick it up again week after week, following tales of slavery and Roman rule with the curious wonders of Camelot and the quest for the Holy Grail. I’ve always loved English history and this novel satisfies that love as well as intriguing me delightfully with its depiction of early Christianity. Building on legends that Joseph of Arimathea came to England after the death of Christ, carrying the Holy Grail of Arthurian dreams, it invites the reader to wonder what is the grail, and who is Arthur? Is there power in the land? Donna Fletcher Crow deftly weaves a wealth of well-researched detail into a story that continually astounds with sudden awe and the caught breath of surprised recognition. There are no glaring signposts to remembered characters here; just wise and well-drawn images that bring those characters to life before you've fully recognized who you might be seeing. Glastonbury encompasses the detail and emotional power of a Rosemary Sutcliffe novel (one of my childhood favorites), the honest faith of a Taylor Caldwell book (favorites of my teenage years), and the scope and depth of an Edward Rutherford tome (one of my more recent favorites). It is is hugely satisfying, beautifully researched and convincingly told—a novel to read and reread and happily recommend. Disclosure: I was lucky enough to by an ecopy when it was free but I’ll have to look out for it in paperback now as I want a copy for my bookshelf.