History Behind the BBC Series “The Last Kingdom”

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MV5BMjE1MzYzNjk3OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzk0MzYwNzE@._V1_SX214_AL_I am watching “The Last Kingdom” on BBC America (Saturday’s at 10 P.M.). It is a tale of Saxon history, with England struggling to become a “nation” in itself, without the rule by the Danes. This is not an era of which I am well versed, but I find the series fascinating, even though the author of the book upon which it is based is said to have taken great liberties. Again, I cannot speak to those liberties, but I am certain some of my history novel friends can.

From imdb we learn, “The Last Kingdom is an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon Stories. The books follow Uhtred of Bebbanburg from a boy taken from his birthright and raised by Vikings, later fighting for King Alfred the Great and his son Edward. Shield walls, blood, revenge and the forging of many Kingdoms into one nation, a dream of Alfred’s called England.”

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4 thoughts on “History Behind the BBC Series “The Last Kingdom”

  1. It is a complex history indeed. I have read a lot of Cornwell’s books, and enjoyed most of them. I can forgive the occasional liberty, for the effort involved, and I am looking forward to this series, which is yet to air here, on BBC2.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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