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?
As portrayed in the program King Alfred suffered with debilitating diseases throughout his life. It is not possible to be 100% sure (read: the 'Dark Ages') of what ailed the Saxon King, or even the true nature of his symptoms. However both Bishop Asser and Bald compiled books detailing Alfreds afflictions during his life. Using these limited historical sources (or indeed much later sources made of these original sources) G. Craig hypothesises in his book 'Alfred the Great: A Diagnosis' that these 'ailings': diarrhoea, constipation, (unkown) internal pain - possibly; spleen/liver/stomach/bowel are symptomatic of Crohn's disease. See more
A Dane in the 9th century would probably not have been named "Kjartan" as the name is a Norse appropriation of a Irish name that was adopted by the Norse-Gaelic settlers of Iceland. See more
The Last Kingdom: Opening Theme
Music Composed by John Lunn
Vocals by Eivør Pálsdóttir
(as Eivør) See more