The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1) by Bernard CornwellThis is the story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England’s four kingdoms.
The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex (Alfred’s kingdom and the last territory in English hands) Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane. He certainly has no love for Alfred, whom he considers a pious weakling and no match for Viking savagery, yet when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves turn on Uhtred, he is finally forced to choose sides. By now he is a young man, in love, trained to fight and ready to take his place in the dreaded shield wall. Above all, though, he wishes to recover his father’s land, the enchanting fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern sea.
This thrilling adventure—based on existing records of Bernard Cornwell’s ancestors—depicts a time when law and order were ripped violently apart by a pagan assault on Christian England, an assault that came very close to destroying England.
A timid goat farmer tends to his herd. Something seems amiss — why do they bleat so? He looks up and sees a fleet of Viking longships on the horizon. Rough men in horned helmets from the frozen North ravaging the people, the land and the goats is a staple of historical fiction. Crucifixion, beheading and immolation all make their bow in the very first episode. We would expect nothing less. The Last Kingdom, set in the 9th century, follows the path of Uhtred son of Uhtred, the son of an English nobleman, kidnapped by the Vikings and raised as a Dane, while Vikings, set a century earlier, focuses on the family and fortunes of Ragnar Lothbrok — a middling farmer but legendary ruler and warrior.
Today's Audiobook Review: The Last Kingdom
Netflix was the sole producer of the third series of ten episodes, and streaming began on 19 November On 26 December , Netflix renewed the show for a fourth series. The series is filmed primarily in Hungary ,  with most scenes at the eight acres near Budapest owned by Korda Studios  with its Medieval Village Set and surrounding mountains, forests and lakes. The Anglo-Saxon lands are gradually attacked, plundered , and effectively ruled by Viking Danes in many areas. The Kingdom of Wessex remains the last major stronghold against the Danes.
Sign in. As a huge battle with the Danes is close, Edward has to make pivotal decisions that will affect the fates of Uhtred, Wessex - and England. At the end of his days, Alfred takes Uhtred into his confidence about his plans for Edward's uncertain future, but Aelswith charts a different course. The future of England is at stake and the King refuses to hide. He is a man on a mission. Leaving the cover of the marshes, a united King Alfred and Uhtred must get word to Saxon forces; they make a