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  1. says:

    GLASTONBURY A Novel of The Holy Grail is the book I was born to writeJust as the search for the Holy Grail is the centerpiece of this 820 page novel covering 1500 years of English history so the stories of King Arthur have been a centering passion for my lifeIn 1992 the first edition of GLASTONBURY The Novel of Christian England was published by Crossway Books with its cover showing the broken arches of Glastonbury Abbey through a bower of leafy green And then in 2000 GLASTONBURY was brought back in a fully reedited edition with a beautiful black cover bordered with Celtic knotwork And now after 20 years in print GLASTONBURY The Novel of the Holy Grail has a whole new life with yet another stunning cover in a version fully reedited for ebooksAnd so the saga continues My new publisher uses the strapline The Holy Grail lies somewhere in Glastonbury See at I reply So does my heart


  2. says:

    How do you write a single review for an epic like this? And I mean seriously epic in scope and magnitude since the stories in this book span at least 1500 years of history In one sense it's a connected story the history of Glastonbury but that story is split into six books some of which are further split into collections of short stories and novellas The sheer size and scope of the book make it really hard to give it any kind of in depth analysis and of course there were portions of the story I enjoyed than others Along with the fact that there's no way I can remember all the details of all the individual storiesSo before I started this book I'm not sure I had ever heard of Glastonbury and I found all the history really interesting even though I had a hard time keeping all the historical details straight in my mind from book to book I really liked the author's way of showing the possible origins of certain stories and legends and it was interesting although sometimes rather frustrating to see how the stories changed across time I really liked for example her portrayal of the Arthur legends and the way some of the sordid portions were made into later inventions rather than facts Because of the way the stories and history are woven I found myself correcting things in some of the later stories with That wasn't the way it happened and then having to remind myself that the earlier stories were also fictionSpeaking of history I really loved the way the author infused the historical flavor into her stories In a book spanning from a few years after Christ's death to the reign of Henry VIII that in itself is a monumental undertaking And yet she accomplished it without resorting to King James English or making her pre Roman Celts sound exactly like a sixteenth century courtier And yet none of her characters in any period were stiff or hard to understand and the progression flowed so smoothly that you felt the gradual change in the names the speech cadence and the vocabulary without being jerked around from one period to the next This whole language and period flavor aspect was definitely my favorite thing about the book The only drawback would be that unfamiliar words and terms are sometimes thrown around with no explanation although I did find a glossary in the back after I'd finished the book S but if you're okay with picking things up from context or looking them up as you go along it shouldn't be a problemAs I already stated there were certain stories that I enjoyed than others; in particular I was saddened by the tragic endings of some of them Although if I had known about the history and legends going in I probably would have been better prepared But I did appreciate the way the author kept pointing back to the light of faith that shone even through tragic circumstances and to the persistence and rekindling of the flame even in the darkest timesThe only things that I didn't really enjoy about the book were some references to various sexual sins that never went into detail but that are just hard things for me to read about in general no matter how gently the author handles them Some of them were historically unavoidable for example Henry VIII's relationships while others formed part of fictional characters' backstories for example a boy is discovered to be an illegitimate son The only scenes that really came close to the edge for me were one scene where a man takes a girl and falls into the rushes with her the scene immediately closes and one where a woman comes upon an illicit rendezvous in the forest no details are given There are scattered references to fertility rites infertility men keeping mistresses accusations of adultery etc but all are handled with a pretty light touchAlso the faith element in the book was very pervasive very strong and very suited to the times and although the core Christian elements of God's grace and salvation through faith were stressed there were also some elements that made my Protestant soul cringe a little things like prayers to the saints venerated relics and people claiming visions of Jesus having dedicated a certain chapel to His mother Honestly I feel like the author did an excellent job of balancing historical reality with underlying truth in a way that I don't think would cause offense to either Protestants or Catholics but still might not make either side entirely comfortable It was interesting to note some of the church controversies that played into this history too; I wanted to bang my head on the desk when a certain council was broken up because of a heated disagreement on the shape of the tonsure and they were really serious Historical detail I'll tell you There were also a couple of places where the believer marrying an unbeliever issue was brought up and then solved immediately by the conversion of the unbelieving party Not that I object to that solution but it did feel a bitconvenientOverall if there's such a thing as an overall rating for such a huge work I give it four stars And even though I know I won't be able to remember all the historical details I'm sure the stories will pop back into my mind the next time I hear of St George or the Arthur legends ;Content see above for sexual and religious content; some mentions of pagan religions and their practices; battle scenes including wounds blood and deaths; mentions of torture and executions; mentions of various superstitions; accusations of witchcraft; one use of bastard in the literal sense one use of damned in the spiritual sense a few uses of deuce or devil


  3. says:

    Given my love of British History and Church History you might make the leap of faith to conclude that I’ve enjoyed this book And you would be right as I’ve loved reading this title Ms Crow has done a fabulous job taking bits of what we know of history and fleshing out stories that bring the different characters to life Some of the protagonists were familiar eg King Arthur although in this book he is called Arthurious and others were not well known to me But together their story paints an elegant history of an area in Britain eventually known as Glastonbury which is seen as a holy place for all of known history even before the coming of Christianity This is not a uick read though with over 500 pages of text Nor is it like one continuous novel with one set of characters to track Glastonbury is almost like a series of novellas strung together as if an ancient historian is retelling each glimpse of time periods along the way The nice thing about it is that I could easily set aside the book for the night when I reached a new jump in era without having an unsettling feeling about abandoning a favorite character or thread in the story Yet the I read the drawn I was to the stories and even a desire to dig deeper into the history myself No I haven’t done that but the wheels are already spinning about when P should study British Literature and how much history we’ll include with it I would seriously recommend this title for any other lover of British history or even one of Church history who wants to witness the evolution of Christianity in England through the genre of historical fiction Included in the front of the book which I wish I’d printed out to have on hand while reading is both a timeline of Glastonbury through the dissolution of the Abbey in 1539 and a genealogy of the families in Glastonbury from Joseph of Arimathea through the time period covered in this book


  4. says:

    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 uest for the Holy GrailI’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 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


  5. says:

    This is a fascinating fictional but based on history account of the early Christian church in England The story starts with a light that shone in the sky announcing a special king born and then moves to the visit of Joseph of Arimathea to England after the death of Jesus Christ to take the gospel to the Celts From the Celts the story transverses various stages in history such as Roman Britain Arthurian Britain etc all the way to Tudor England and makes for a fascinating read The Arthurian story leaves out all the usual elements of magic and Merlin as a Wizard but is no less readable for that One thing I did find I a little hard were unfamiliar names that were often times very similar It was useful to have the Families of Glastonbury listed in the front and the glossary in the back of the book for unfamiliar terms At almost 800 ages this is not a uick read but then you would hardly expect t to be given the huge amount of time covered It is beautifully written and each time I had to put it down I found myself eager to get back to the story I’d been trying to get hold of this book for a while but it had been unavailable so I was very pleased to see it reprinted If you want a good look at English History and the beginning of the Christian church with its positive aspects and also its failings this is an excellent place to start It is a beautifully presented book and I loved the cover It is just so rich in keeping with the story My one regret was at times I would have liked to stay with certain families and their story a little longer which shows how involved with the characters I was but that would have made for an even longer story What is has done is prompt me to investigate further some of the stories that this novel contains and I’m glad Donna gave a few suggestions of source materials to consult Highly recommended


  6. says:

    This book about the history of Glastonbury Abbey the holiest site in English Christendom was HUGE and I loved every minute of it If you don’t profess Christianity you just might after reading thisThe book begins w Joseph of Arimathea—supposedly Jesus of Nazareth’s Uncle — taking the gospel to the world by moving to the island of Logres He established a home at Ynis Withrin w its lovely great tor a very holy place even thenThen you follow the Tor and it’s association w the gospel of Christ through the ages w the book being divided into smaller books which address different time periods and how the gospel was spread or accepted by the main characters of the individual books In fact the early books aren’t about “Glastonbury” at all it doesn’t BECOME Glastonbury for many centuries I love the author’s use of the languages and place names that would have been used at the time instead of the modern ones The books are connected by being a history of Glastonbury written by one of the monks turned out by Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries The whole book ends w the Abbey being burned to the ground by Cromwell’s emissaries I had to actually stop to realize that the book from the Norman era was further from Christ than we are now from the Norman eraMy especial favorite book was about King Arthurius and his Knights and ueen We all know the story of King Arthur but this version is just wonderful and so touching I loved how the author wove stories of all the major British saints into the history of the Abbey also And I actually cried as the Abbey was burning at the endJust a wonderful book I wish I could give it ten out of five stars


  7. says:

    Just when I thought I was making progress I realized I was at 24% and a week later had had enough at around 40% Lots of great historical details but too long to keep track of all the characters and after a while it just plodded along With the different generations it just felt like we were going to crawl through another 100 characters without finishing so I cried Uncle Learned a lot enjoyed the early characters just had no idea this book was soooooo long and hard to track


  8. says:

    Excellent read Great storyI thoroughly enjoyed this book Having been to Glastonbury climbed the Tor and drunk from the chalice well I loved reading about its continuing place in history I would have liked an afterword about the historical sources employed in writing this novel


  9. says:

    So much of this was amazing


  10. says:

    Let this sweep you away as it did me I received this book free from one of the book sites I do not remember which one This is my honest and voluntary review An epic book that overcomes the reader with tears of joy and of despair Read about the wars the kings the legends and the birth of English religious abbey Glastonbury Most importantly read of the faith that imbued the land of Avalon Each part of this epic work details historical wars and raids made in the land of the future England Read of the good and the traitorous Read of the ebb and flow of the abbey over generations Read of those who would serve God on earthThe characters from history are done in an accurate way but it is the fictional characters that bring emotions to the imagination This is no small task that the author gave herself From the time of the Romans to the court of King Henry the VIII this book spans generations and sweeps the reader out of the present and into a tumultuous past There was not always war and there was not always peace but there was always the abbey and faithTake the most incredible journey through time and read this book This is a keeper and I must order one to keep in my home Yes the book is long but it is so full that it seems to read fast I thank the author for taking the time and effort to write such a marvelous workI highly recommend this book to you


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Glastonbury The Novel of Christian England

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R of his time Witness the rekindling of Christianity with St Augustine of Canterbury Be inspired by the faith of the remnant in the midst of the Dark Ages Watch the upheaval under the rule of Henry VIII that led to the Reformation And as Christianity triumphs over the darkest moments of its history you may even find your own spiritual roots An epic novel of the history of the fai Excellent read Great storyI thoroughly enjoyed this book Having been to Glastonbury climbed the Tor and drunk from the chalice well I loved reading about its continuing place in history I would have liked an afterword about the historical sources employed in writing this novel A la Recherche de l'Equitation. of his time Witness the rekindling La carabine US M1 of Christianity with St Augustine Les maîtres et sous-maîtres de manège du Cadre noir de Saumur of Canterbury Be inspired by the faith Galops 6 et 7 : 100 questions-réponses-Manuel des examens d'équitation of the remnant in the midst Atteler chez soi of the Dark Ages Watch the upheaval under the rule EQUITATION, VETERINAIRE: Le Cheval, Mise en condition du Champion, 1976. of Henry VIII that led to the Reformation And as Christianity triumphs Chevaux, équitation, obstacles: Pierre Jonquères d'Oriola, 1965, envoi, BE over the darkest moments Le nouveau maréchal expert, ou le Guide du maréchal-ferrant, du vétérinaire, de l'écuyer, du propriétaire et de l'amateur, avec un précis de la connaissance et du choix des chevaux, ânes et mulets, de leur éducation et conservation, de leurs maladies et des moyens de les traiter, suivi de l'indication des meilleures méthodes de ferrure et de harnachement, et d'un traité d'équitation... par M. Delacroix,... et Berthaud of its history you may even find your Recherches sur l'époque de l'équitation et de l'usage des chars équestres chez les anciens, où l'on montre l'incertitude des premiers temps historiques des peuples relativement à cette datte, par le R. P. Gabriel Fabricy own spiritual roots An epic novel Nouvelle école d'équitation à l'usage des militaires et des particuliers, suivie de la Diététique ou de la Connaissance du régime le plus convenant aux chevaux dans toutes les conditions... par le colonel V. N. Siodolkowicz of the history Esprit de l'Epee - Une approche tactique et mentale of the fai Excellent read Great storyI thoroughly enjoyed this book Having been to Glastonbury climbed the Tor and drunk from the chalice well I loved reading about its continuing place in history I would have liked an afterword about the historical sources employed in writing this novel

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It was a sanctuary from the world and a silent witness to it all The first 1500 years of Christianity's tumultuous history The clash of cultures Armies marching The rise and fall of kingdoms One language supplanting another Yet Glastonbury remained a place of serenity prayer and reconciliation As the legacy of faith passed from generation to generation each era of believers found Given my love of British History and Church History you might make the leap of faith to conclude that I’ve enjoyed this book And you would be right as I’ve loved reading this title Ms Crow has done a fabulous job taking bits of what we know of history and fleshing out stories that bring the different characters to life Some of the protagonists were familiar eg King Arthur although in this book he is called Arthurious and others were not well known to me But together their story paints an elegant history of an area in Britain eventually known as Glastonbury which is seen as a holy place for all of known history even before the coming of Christianity This is not a uick read though with over 500 pages of text Nor is it like one continuous novel with one set of characters to track Glastonbury is almost like a series of novellas strung together as if an ancient historian is retelling each glimpse of time periods along the way The nice thing about it is that I could easily set aside the book for the night when I reached a new jump in era without having an unsettling feeling about abandoning a favorite character or thread in the story Yet the I read the drawn I was to the stories and even a desire to dig deeper into the history myself No I haven’t done that but the wheels are already spinning about when P should study British Literature and how much history we’ll include with it I would seriously recommend this title for any other lover of British history or even one of Church history who wants to witness the evolution of Christianity in England through the genre of historical fiction Included in the front of the book which I wish I’d printed out to have on hand while reading is both a timeline of Glastonbury through the dissolution of the Abbey in 1539 and a genealogy of the families in Glastonbury from Joseph of Arimathea through the time period covered in this book Football Academy: Apprends à jouer comme un pro of Christianity's tumultuous history The clash Le Football est un science (in)exacte - Entraineurs, Journalistes, Spectat.. of cultures Armies marching The rise and fall Maradona: Fou, génial et légendaire of kingdoms One language supplanting another Yet Glastonbury remained a place La Mano Negra of serenity prayer and reconciliation As the legacy R.C. 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Itinéraire d'un arbitre intraitable on hand while reading is both a timeline Le leader tranquille L'homme qui murmure à l'oreille des stars of Glastonbury through the dissolution La Pyramide inversée of the Abbey in 1539 and a genealogy Derrière le sourire of the families in Glastonbury from Joseph Big Data Foot: Comment les datas révolutionnent le football of Arimathea through the time period covered in this book

Donna Fletcher Crow ↠ 8 summary

Refuge in Glastonbury In its story you will experience the faith that gave Joseph of Arimathea and his family courage to claim new land for Christ Relive the persecution of St George and St Patrick during their captivity under the Roman Empire Ride along with King Arthur on his historic adventures and discover the spiritual fortitude that enabled him to become the greatest leade This is a fascinating fictional but based on history account of the early Christian church in England The story starts with a light that shone in the sky announcing a special king born and then moves to the visit of Joseph of Arimathea to England after the death of Jesus Christ to take the gospel to the Celts From the Celts the story transverses various stages in history such as Roman Britain Arthurian Britain etc all the way to Tudor England and makes for a fascinating read The Arthurian story leaves out all the usual elements of magic and Merlin as a Wizard but is no less readable for that One thing I did find I a little hard were unfamiliar names that were often times very similar It was useful to have the Families of Glastonbury listed in the front and the glossary in the back of the book for unfamiliar terms At almost 800 ages this is not a uick read but then you would hardly expect t to be given the huge amount of time covered It is beautifully written and each time I had to put it down I found myself eager to get back to the story I’d been trying to get hold of this book for a while but it had been unavailable so I was very pleased to see it reprinted If you want a good look at English History and the beginning of the Christian church with its positive aspects and also its failings this is an excellent place to start It is a beautifully presented book and I loved the cover It is just so rich in keeping with the story My one regret was at times I would have liked to stay with certain families and their story a little longer which shows how involved with the characters I was but that would have made for an even longer story What is has done is prompt me to investigate further some of the stories that this novel contains and I’m glad Donna gave a few suggestions of source materials to consult Highly recommended