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 term Viking is a problematic one that many historians avoid using for its Victorian connotations, and that it's etymological source is unknown. Bernard Cornwall, the series author, uses a common theory that 'Viking' means 'to raid', which has the term as a verb. The 'Vikingr' would then typically be viewed by a modern audience as pirates. However, debate is far from a consensus on the issue. Vikings as a modern term usually refers to the Scandinavians who crossed the North Sea to Iceland, Greenland, Britain and Normandy. Contemporary Saxon sources, however, referred to them as the Danes, or simply Northmen. Later raiders were identified as Norse, and so there seems to have been a distinction between northern and southern Scandinavians in the 9th and 10th Centuries. See more
Lots of the women are seen wearing knitted shawls, often using a cable stitch. Knitting did not reach the UK until medieval times, probably from the middle east via Spain. See more
The Last Kingdom: Opening Theme
Music Composed by John Lunn
Vocals by Eivør Pálsdóttir
(as Eivør) See more