I am a fan of Bernard Cornwell's work but like the author himself, the Arthur trilogy is my absolute favourite. I must admit I am also a fan of King Arthur storiesand untill I read these novels, Mary Stewarts "Merlin" books were my absolute favouritesbut Cornwell is so vivid and realistic in his version that he puts you there.
Told by Derfel one of Arthurs warlords the story follows the years of the battles against the Saxons (the Winter King it's predecessor, followed the rise of Arthur and the way he unites the kingdoms of Britain)
Morte D'Arthur it aint, no middle age knights on horseback wearing plate armour and following the rules of chivalry. Instead, it is dark age Britain at it's dirtiest, bloodiest and liveliest. Romance, friendship, divided loyalties, no real good guys and bad guys (except the obvious traitors) and astory in which pagan and christians battle for religious supremacy to mirror the Saxon battles. Gritty realism in the shield wall and beyond.
Excellent, readit in sequence though.
Thanks for many hours of reading pleasue Bernard, I re read it often.