I thought a few episodes of the TV show were amazing years ago, so when I saw the whole series of books at a used book store in Bulgaria, I decided to start with the Saxons, it being right up the writer's alley and all.
Not impressive. It seems to be a pointless melange of odd or out-of-the-ordinary laws and practices, treated as Saxon habit for 650 years or more. There is a Victorian's fascination with oddities, which I share myself, but not even the oddities were especially noteworthy. It does go to great lengths to ridicule King Arthur, saints, and teachers. I know a lot of you are upset by that.