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 first season covers the first two books of the Saxon Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell - The Last Kingdom and the Pale Horseman. The Last Kingdom spans 10 years, 866-876. The Pale Horseman spans 2 years, 876-878. At the beginning of the books Uhtred is 9 years old (12 in the series) so by the end of book two Uhtred is 21 years old and in the TV show, 24. 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