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Chris
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One series I did enjoy is Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles, which is about King Arthur (although he's not king in this series). His Saxon tales is good, too, but a lot of it is a reworking of the Warlord Chonicles. I'm reading Cornwell's Agincourt now, which is just okay, but I'm too far into it to quit now.A King Arthur book that I do not recommend (although it has a stong legion of fans) is Firelord by Parke Godwin. It's an okay read, but the historical inaccuracy bothered me (e.g. the ambassador from Rome mentions that his son is an Augustinian monk, which is a religious order that did not exist at the time. Also, elsewhere in the book, a rider on horseback is described as standing up in the stirrups to get a better view. Unless I'm mistaken, there is no evidence of stirrups in Britain before the 7th century. Sorry I'm anal about accuracy, especially on things that are so easily corrected.)

I will always recommend the Warlord Chronicles (The Winter King, Enemy of God, Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur) because I think it has some of Cornwell's best writing and the trilogy is simply engrossing and I especially like the way some of the well-known characters of Arthurian Britain are portrayed in a different light to the common myths and legends we are familiar with. I tried getting into his Grail Quest series but didn't find that grabbed my attention so have stalled on that after only half way through the first book.I am interested in reading more about King Arthur so can anyone recommend a decent (historical fact, not fiction) book that have read or have heard was a pretty good read? As Jamie has started his King Arthur members-only episodes, I thought it might be a good idea to read along side this.

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