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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... See full summary »
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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.

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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 »

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The symbol for the House of Wessex is wrong. It is a well documented fact that they used the Golden Dragon with a red background - especially on flags and banners. See more »


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Vocals by Eivør Pálsdóttir (as Eivør)
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Rip-Roaring Combination of Familiar Adventure Series Elements
20 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

I will not summarize the plot of THE LAST KINGDOM, as it follows a familiar quest-pattern and has been amply described by previous reviewers. Suffice to say that the source-text's author is Bernard Cornwell, an established writer of historical adventures set in various historical periods that have translated successfully to television in the past (remember SHARPE (1993-2008))?

Directed by four different people (Anthony Byrne, Ben Chanan, Peter Hoar and Nick Murphy), THE LAST KINGDOM is basically SHARPE transposed to the Saxon/ Viking era, with the same combination of familial politics, intrigue and rivalry. The moral priorities are determined from the first episode onwards: the Sharpe-character is personified by Uhtred of Babbanberg (Alexander Dreymon) who must negotiate several obstacles before he can assume his rightful place in the formation of a new kingdom. Good guys and bad guys are easily distinguished, chiefly by their hirsuteness; the bad guys have bushier beards and longer hair than their rivals.

Each episode has its fair share of incident, romance, and a touch of pathos; the visual style owes a lot to Ridley Scott's KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (2005), with its lengthy pans of lonely isolated, almost primeval landscapes contrasted with dimly-lit interiors illuminated by candlelight. Considerable emphasis has been placed on the elements - sunrises, sunsets, storms, wind and rain - making us aware of how difficult life can be for those trying to establish social and political order. Hence their acts of heroism become all the more noteworthy.

THE LAST KINGDOM might be hokum, but it is nonetheless highly entertaining: we care for the characters and their futures, even if we are well aware of what will happen in the end. As with most adventure novels, there is little doubt that it will have a morally definite ending.


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