Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of 40 books, mostly novels dealing with British history. The award-winning Glastonbury: A Novel of the Holy Grail, an Arthurian grail search epic covering 15 centuries of English history, is her best-known work. Ms. Fletcher Crow and her husband reside in Boise, Idaho. They have four adult children and 11 grandchildren. As well as being an amazing author, she is also an enthusiastic gardener.
Donna Fletcher Crow is also the author of several other books, including: The Monastery Murders: A Very Private Grave and A Darkly Hidden Truth, as well as the Lord Danvers series of Victorian true-crime novels and the romantic suspense series The Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries.
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Could you please tell us a bit about your book? The story? The characters?
Glastonbury is a grail search epic covering 1500 years of English history through Celtic, Roman, Arthurian, Anglo-Saxon, Norman, and Tudor times. History and legend intertwine as characters—historical and fictional—play their role on the stage of time. But through the ages, one question remains constant:
Where is the Holy Grail?
"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. And 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.
But then, after the last abbot of Glastonbury was dragged to his death atop Glastonbury Tor, the Abbey’s splendid arches were left to crumble. 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?"
How did you come up with the title and how much say did you have on the cover design?
The frontispiece of the book reads: “Glastonbury—the holiest earth in England. These are the legends, this is the history that have made it so.” The title was mine for the first edition of the book 20 years ago and has remained so through 3 editions with two publishers.