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I'm looking for a book to serve as a "refresher" on King Arthur and his knights---something that stays pretty close to the original tale, with the characters and relationships explained and/or re-told in contemporary language.
Nothing as "re-imagined", nothing re-interpreted as Marion Zimmer Bradley or Mercedes Lacky's new one, or most modern novelists.
and not White's version. . I like them and I have plenty, but that's not what I'm seeking now.
I just want something relatively easy to read, and tells the stories as closely as possible to the original.
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I recently finished Sword at Sunset by Sutcliff - I thought it was excellent. This is one of the few, perhaps only, adult books she wrote.
Sutcliff presents a more realistic story than some Arthur legends, removing Merlin and many of the fantastic elements, and grounding Arthur (Artos) and his followers as clinging to Roman ways after Rome has left Britain to fend for itself. The battles in particular are described quite realistically.
Another excellent book by Sutcliff is Black Ships Before Troy.