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...
England is Born
Did You Know?
The map in the opening credits shows the modern county of Cornwall shown as 'Cornwealas', whilst in the show Cornwall is repeatedly called 'Cornwallum'. Though this may be seen as an error, both spellings can be considered correct. Cornwealas is a compound word derived from Kernow - the Celtic British tribal name by which the inhabitants referred to themselves, and Wealas - the Saxon word for 'foreigner'. The name Wales also derives from Wealas, as shown on the map. Cornwallum has the same origin with wealum (corrupted to wallum) being the plural of wealas, ie - 'foreigners' instead of 'foreigner'. It must also be remembered that spellings of the day varied depending on who scribed the historical source. People were spelling phonetically or copying from an existing record - there was no dictionary as today and up until the relatively recent arrival of Christianity there wasn't even the Latin alphabet. Pre-Christian Saxons wrote with runes and then few were literate. See more
Drinkers use wood or horn cups, but they clink together, sounding like glass. See more
The Last Kingdom: Opening Theme
Music Composed by John Lunn
Vocals by Eivør Pálsdóttir
(as Eivør) See more