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?
Interestingly, in this series none of the monks display the monastic tonsure - the practice (carried out until 1972) of shaving the crown of the head leaving a strip of hair known as the monastic crown. This practice was carried out during the period in which the series is set and it's omission from this series makes it difficult to distinguish monk from priest. See more
In the first season, Alfred asks Odda the elder to raise the Somerset fyrd. In the final episode of the second season, Odda in an ealdorman of Devonshire and he raises the Devonshire fyrd. See more
References Erik the Conqueror
The Last Kingdom: Opening Theme
Music Composed by John Lunn
Vocals by Eivør Pálsdóttir
(as Eivør) See more