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Donna Fletcher Crow

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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more.

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Fay Sampson (UK) is a writer of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction, including A MALIGNANT HOUSE, #2 in the Susie Fewings series, a British Crime Club Pick.

Happy St. Crispin's Day

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 24, 2017

October 25 is the day the church remembers the brothers Crispin and Crispinian, cobblers who were martyred under Diocletian. The day has become more famous, however, as the day of the Battle of Agincourt because of the stirring speech Shakespeare has the young Henry V make to his troops on the even of battle.

In my book A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary, book 4 The Monastery Murders, Felicity, in Oxford, goes to a coffee house where a local actor is reciting the speech.

From the far side of the octagonal room an actor strode forward clad in a red and blue Plantagenet surcoat. “I thank you, brave fellows all.” He bowed and swept the room with his arm. “We join in revels as others could have done on this very spot to celebrate the victory of brave Harry, for this very building in which you are enjoying your libations, was more than a century old when Harry so inspired his...


New Jane Austen Friend Launches Pride and Prejudice Variation

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 19, 2017

As I have said before, one of the best things about attending the annual Jane Austen Society of North America AGM is the delightful people one meets. This year was no exception and one of my fun connections was a sister Austen Author Anngela Schroeder. We met the first day at afternoon tea and then had the fun of making Regency bonnets together.


Anngela mentioned that she was in the middle of a blog tour for the release of her newest Austen title The Goodness of Men. Since every minute was packed full of lectures, events and activities we had little time to...


Day 4 Jane Austen's Prayers, John Wayne's Yacht

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 9, 2017

In the intense schedule of this conference our only chance for worship was 7:30 at St. Mary by the Sea,...


Day 3 A Busy Jane Austen Day

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 8, 2017

Before starting my busy schedule of classes I stopped by the book table sponsored by the delightful Collins Hemmingway. Collins, author of The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, delightful and well researched novels, kindly allowed me space to display my 2 mysteries with Jane Austen backgrounds on his table, along with Kim Wilson and Susannah Fullerton. I was delighted to be in the company of so many books I have read and enjoyed.


Then on to classes. First, on Jane Austen's Sanditon, the fragment she left unfinished at her death. I was especially interested in this as Sanditon will figure in the background of my next Elizabeth and Richard Mystery. Here is a projection of Austen's...


Day 2 with Jane in Paradise

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 6, 2017

A light projection of Jane's silhouette reigns over the conference.

Day 2, morning outfit, off to trim a new bonnet

Stopped by the emporium for a little shopping and a visit with English friends from past conferences

Mary Guyat from the Jane Austen House Museum and Tim Bullamore, publisher of Jane Austen's Regency World 

Attended a special interest session on Jane Austen Churches. Since 2000 the Jane Austen Society of North America has designated  17 churches where Jane worshiped or have especially close ties with her family to...


Day 1 With Jane Austen in Huntington Beach

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 6, 2017

Today the activities were all pre-conference events, the serious academics will start tomorrow. After a brief time on our balcony I was off to get acquainted with this enormous and lovely resort, and to enjoy the fact that the ocean is seldom out of sight.


As I mentioned in my last blog, one of the best parts is seeing friends from other conferences again. Frances Wills above and Syrie James below, were just two of them.

My major activity today was the two English country dancing classes I took. That was three hours of dancing. add...


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