The year is 872, and many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the command of King Alfred. Against this turbulent backdrop lives our hero, Uhtred. Born the son of a Saxon nobleman, he is captured by the Danes and raised as one of their own. Forced to choose between the country of his birth and the people of his upbringing, his loyalties are ever tested. What is he? Saxon or Dane? On a quest to reclaim his birthright, Uhtred must tread a dangerous path between both sides if he is to play his part in the birth of a new nation and, ultimately, recapture his ancestral lands.
Did You Know?
Winchester, the modern county town (capital) of the county of Hampshire is shown as the seat of King Alfred of Wessex. Historians agree that Winchester was not the capital of Wessex in the modern sense as the Royal Court was relatively mobile with palaces in many major cities of the time, but Winchester certainly was the favoured Royal seat and administrative centre of the kingdom. This status as de facto capital remained after the unification of the Saxon kingdoms into Englalond - modern England. It was only after the coming of the Normans in 1066 that London eventually became capital of England. See more
Alfred's crown features the Fleur-de-lis, which was not used by Anglo-Saxon royalty. See more
The Last Kingdom: Opening Theme
Music Composed by John Lunn
Vocals by Eivør Pálsdóttir
(as Eivør) See more