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?
This series dramatises the events of the first conquests by an English people which would lead, through the conquest of the rest of the British Isles, to the largest empire the world has ever known and the spread, for good or ill, of people of Anglo Saxon descent across the world. See more
The standard helmet of the Danes is based on the Ultuna helmet, which was used by a Swedish warrior almost 2 centuries prior to the events of the series. See more
The Last Kingdom: Opening Theme
Music Composed by John Lunn
Vocals by Eivør Pálsdóttir
(as Eivør) See more