Glastonbury saw it all—armies marched, cultures clashed, kingdoms rose and fell—but through it all Glastonbury remained a place of serenity, prayer and reconciliation. Sweeping through 1500 years of tumultuous Celtic, Roman, Arthurian, Anglo-Saxon, Norman and Tudor history from the first confrontations between druids and Christians to the dissolution of the monasteries, this is a story of faith passed on from generation to generation. Joseph of Arimathea, Saint Patrick, Alfred the Great, Richard the Lionheart, Henry VIII… here in this epic novel of the triumph of Christianity through the darkest moments of history, many will find their own spiritual roots.As Austin Ringwode, last of the Glastonbury monks, searches back through the pages of recorded history in a valiant quest to find meaning in the struggles those broken arches stood witness to—seeking for the Holy Grail itself—so his odyssey becomes every person’s journey for the meaning of life.
Donna Fletcher Crow is a former English teacher and a lifelong Anglophile. She is the author of 50 books, mostly novels of British history, but throughout the quarter century of its life Glastonbury has remained her most honoured work. Crow is known for her meticulous research and tries never to write about a place she hasn’t visited. Her many pilgrimages to Glastonbury are a highlight. In our current days of turmoil Crow hopes readers will find special meaning in Glastonbury’s theme that through the darkest days of history, no matter how dimly the light of faith may have burned, Light always triumphed. May it be so for our day.