Item description for Glastonbury: The Novel of Christian England by Donna Fletcher Crow...
Overview Glastonbury saw it all---clashes between druids and Christians, storming armies, the destruction of monasteries under Henry VIII, the fall of kingdoms, the rise of the Reformation---yet it remained a place of serenity and prayer. This award-winning epic story of one kingdom's triumphant faith in God through Middle-Ages England will inspire and encourage your own faith.
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.18" Width: 6.04" Height: 1.76" Weight: 2.53 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2000
Publisher Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN 1581341628 ISBN13 9781581341621
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More About Donna Fletcher Crow
Donna Fletcher Crow is a veteran author and speaker. She has written numerous works of fiction, including the historical epics The Fields of Bannockburn and The Banks of the Boyne; The Daughters of Courage Series: Kathryn, Elizabeth, and Stephanie; and most recently Where Love Calls and All Things New. Awarded 'First Place, Historical Fiction' in 1993 by the National Federation of Press Women for Glastonbury: The Novel of Christian England, Mrs. Crow is also the recipient of numerous other literary awards. She is the mother of three grown sons, and a daughter still at home, and resides with her husband, Stanley, in Boise, Idaho
Donna Fletcher Crow currently resides in Boise, in the state of Idaho.
Reviews - What do customers think about Glastonbury: The Novel of Christian England?
England's History at its best Jul 31, 2008
I could not put this book down. I was sorry when the plane landed and I had to pack it up! You will cry over the chapter about King Arthur...you will be right there. No other book makes British history become more alive.
Solid historical fiction that starts slow but ends with a bang Mar 12, 2008
I am a voracious reader of historical fiction, and when I first saw this on this site it sounded like it was kind of like a Christian/English version of Michener's amazing "The Source", i.e., that it would tell the tale of both fictional and historical figures associated with one place over several eras. And for the most part, this is exactly the script Ms. Crow follows in this engaging though somewhat preachy book. Believe me, I'm not criticizing it for being preachy--any novel that is sub-titled "The Novel of Christian England" is obviously going to deal predominantly with religious issues, and "Glastonbury" definitely does. For this reason however my opinion is that while Christian believers, particularly those with a penchant for historical fiction, will get more out of this, I really do think it has something for the non-believer as well.
However, one thing I DID find unsatisfying was the lack of any real insight into what made Christianity such a profoundly successful religion. Why did people choose to abandon their former faiths and join the flock? Dissatisfaction with their previous beliefs? Desire to curry favor with the new power elite? Actual faith in the tenets of Christianity? Obviously all of these probably contributed somewhat, but I never got a good feel for this from the book. Most of the Christian characters walk around spouting generic Christian platitudes but I didn't get a good feel for WHY they found them so compelling.
My only other criticisms are mostly limited to a few methodological issues. First, the first chapter, on Joseph of Arimathea, is a little long and somewhat boring, though I will say in its defense that Ms. Crow's description of the sights, sounds, and smells of Imperial Rome is among the most vivid I've encountered--I really felt like I was there! Conversely, other chapters seemed to end abruptly, particularly the chapter on St. George. Another issue that disappointed me was how little connectivity there was between the different chapters other than the locale. I was really looking for more of a linear thread linking the people of the various eras together, and though the genealogies at the beginning of the book helped it was often difficult to see how certain things connected.
But these carpings aside, "Glastonbury" really was an excellent read. Nearly all of the religious figures and historical touchstones associated with Glastonbury in particular and England/Ireland in general, including the aforementioned Joseph, the Fisher King, King Arthur, St. Patrick, St. George, St. Augustine, and so forth, are all here, which makes for very lively reading given all the legends and tales surrounding these figures. And I have to say, even though my own particular preference is for late roman/early medieval history, the chapter on Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries was actually the most interesting to me, and I didn't want it to end.
Glastonbury Oct 11, 2007
Although I have not finished reading this novel I can tell you that it is beautifully written. It has brought me into the realm of the day and helped me to see the people and places as if I were there.
An Excellent Tale of the Christian Faith in England Jul 30, 2001
Through the ups and downs, the author takes all the legends and tries to put historical fact behind them, filling in with realistic fiction where needed. There aren't any tales of grand shining armor here, it's probably as close to the truth as you'll come in this life to knowing the story of England from a Christian perspective.
Faith Through the Ages Jul 5, 2000
When we read this book in a book discussion group, I identified 3 areas that could be found in the life of each of the characters: faith, trust, and risk.
From Joseph of Arimathea to Giles Lacey in Tudor England, each character moved through these three areas. Some of them were protected because of their faith, while others were killed for it. But in each case their faith, trust, and risk was rewarded. There were dark times, but each time period saw the light of faith rekindled by their actions. It also shows what can happen when faith is not followed by trust, and how God can bring repentance when the character seems oblivious to God.
The author develops, with ease and plausibility, each character in his or time, and the intrigued reader follows where the author leads. It is a long book, but it could be divided into 2 or more sessions.
Pluses are the maps (there could be 2 separate maps, one with the ancient placenames, and one with the modern equivalents), the glossary, and the source/reference list.
We need more books like this: books which present history with optimism and encouragement.