I understand the feeling. Though I would put myself into the scholarly column, I definately read for more than just expansion of my Arthurain VFOGI. I have read some of the fantasy genre in authors such as Marion Zimmerman Bradley and Stephen R. Lawhead as well as the purely scholarly endevours like Mike Ashley. I know some readers are not fond of Bernard Cromwell, but his series The Warlord Chronicles (The Winter King, Enemy of God, Excalibur) are interesting because they show Arthur as a man, leader, and warrior with real concerns. They are told from the viewpoint of one of Arthurs warriors and thus this characters story line takes precedence which may be off putting.
I very much enjoyed Helen Hollicks Pendragon Banner trilogy (The Kingmaking, The Pendragon Banner, Shadow of the King) because she takes historical evidence and meshes it with the fiction of Arthur. It can be lengthy in parts but not a bad read. Hollick also let's the reader know that she has taken a little license but not to the detriment to the novel as a whole.
Just some random thoughts.
(ed) After quickly going back to the group shelf, I see indeed you have read these! Try again Merlin!
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