The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom

DVD - 2016
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The re-telling of the valiant story of King Alfred the Great and his desire to unite many separate kingdoms into what would become England. Combining real historical figures and events with fictional characters, it is the story of how a people reclaimed their land from the invading Vikings and built a place they call home.
Publisher: London :, BBC,, [2016]
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (480 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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ausnos
Sep 16, 2017

I don't know why there are so many good ratings and reviews on this series. I did not like any of the characters, and the acting and dialogue was simply quite lame. Game of Thrones may be fictional but its more enjoyable than this drab.

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seeker472
Aug 06, 2017

Great show. Looking forward to season 2.

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tequila2010
Jun 19, 2017

I think it's a great show because I love the books. Have read the series twice and have them all.The only point I'd like to make is I think Uhtred is a little too 'pretty' for a warrior who by the time he's shown fighting for Alfred, still has a straight nose and no scars on his body. I would expect him to be a bigger and taller man also, as in the book, he refers to himself as standing a head taller than most. His arms should be larger from swinging around a sword all his life. Beocca is as tall as him and most of the Wessex nobles are taller than him. And just about everyone else is as tall or only slightly shorter than he is. Even Alfred is almost as tall as him. No scars (other than a couple of faint pink marks on his face) is pretty amazing for a man who's grown up fighting against men with swords or battle axes or practicing fighting. The series leaves out a few details, like the affection between him and Alfred's daughter that, in the books, is just starting out at while they were in in the swamps or slightly before. But, being as how that relationship is such a huge part of the book series, it seems as if they could have spent a few minutes setting the stage for that integral part of the series, if they plan on continuing the series. Maybe I'm just spoiled by the books. But overall a great series. I'm watching season 1 for the second time and it is much better than most shows on T.V.

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Peggy57
Jun 18, 2017

Omg! Great for the bbc to produce such a riveting series. I've read Cromwells books, and this series is certainly an accurate adaptation. Better than game of thrones in my opinion, as it is historically accurate.

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JEM_LPL
Feb 25, 2017

I might be writing this comment in Nordic runes instead of English if it hadn't been for King Alfred the Great. Who's King Alfred the Great, you say? He was the ruler of the kingdom of Wessex, the only part of England which hadn't been conquered by Viking raiders a thousand years ago. Thus, the title "The Last Kingdom".
"The Last Kingdom" is a TV series based on Bernard Cornwell's novels, featuring mud, blood, some palace intrigue, a little bit of sorcery, and lots and lots of battles. It follows Uhtred, a wandering English Christian noble turned pagan Viking who's drawn into Alfred's circle of power. The King recognizes Uhtred is a talented warrior, so Alfred overlooks Uhtred's paganism and makes him a commander of Wessex's army. ("Where's Wessex?" you say. Today it's known as West Essex; the title cards graciously rearrange themselves so Uhtred's geography can be understood by modern viewers.) Fans of "Game of Thrones" and "Vikings" will enjoy this one.

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mdroo
Oct 27, 2016

i must say if you knew how handsome you are from here. keep making movies so i can find every one of them. [smile]..........out of seattle.

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twi77light
Oct 12, 2016

NC-17 Content, intense reoccurring violence and sexual content. Brutality towards women. Little to no useful historical accounts or information. Pornographic imagery.

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bitsysmom
Sep 19, 2016

Decent enough historical movie. This movie has less sex and violence than Game of Thrones.

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tommr
Sep 17, 2016

Best story telling of Vikings and Saxons King Alfred on dvd - ever.
Can hardly wait for Season 2 which is due later in 2017.

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graybear3
Sep 14, 2016

We really liked it and hope there is a second season out soon!

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jimg2000
Apr 02, 2016

God works in His own way:
Asser: ...if God's help is required, how could he look favorably upon Uhtred, a non-believer?
Beocca: God is good. Death could be waiting over the very next hill, and it will be Uhtred who stands in its way.
Asser: There's no doubt... a Dane will always protect his plunder. The King is of value.
Beocca: He is here to protect the King, something neither you or I could do.
Asser: He is a man without a soul.
Beocca: Then I will be his soul, Lord. I will pray for him. I will ride beside him always and into battle. I will be his conduit to God.
Asser: And if you fall in battle?
Beocca: With the help of your prayers, brother, I shall become invincible, I'm sure.
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Alfred: ... what makes you think that he would allow a Pagan to succeed?
Uhtred: Who is to say that God is not working through us all? Did he not make the Pagans, too? Beocca would tell me that... God's ways are known only to Himself.

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jimg2000
Apr 02, 2016

Alfred's wisdom: Then we must therefore recognize that we now stand alone, the last kingdom of England. It will soon be men of Wessex staring across a field at the pagan army. We must be ready. We must pray. We must prepare. Odda, I require that Mercia, Lunden, and East Anglia be watched, carefully. Forward knowledge is everything. ... And, scribe, I require the forges of every town and village to be burning night and day. We shall need all the iron those fires can proffer. ... Most of all, I require men, strong fighting men who are prepared to die because that, in the end, is what it will take to save us. The blood of men.

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jimg2000
Apr 02, 2016

Alfred: Why do you not pray to God?
Uhtred: God... created everything that surrounds me... the fields, rivers, the forests. The land is my church. And I pray each day, Lord. In silence.
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Priest: Take consolation, lady, that should your land be confiscated, it is the church that'll benefit.
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Beocca: I have seen the girl who torments you.
Alfred: She must be banished.
Beocca: No, I believe the opposite. She should be brought into your service.
Alfred: No. No, I could not.
Beocca: You... you will resist her. You will let Him see your strength. You will thank Him for tempting you and then praise Him for resisting the temptation.

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jimg2000
Apr 02, 2016

Uhtred: I'm sorry that ... was something that you had to face alone.
Mildrith: [Scoffs] I was not alone. Being without a husband does not mean that I am alone.
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Uhtred: I won't pay a penny, and if men do come calling, that's what you'll tell them. He was killed because he was a thief, that's my law!
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Uhtred: Why does a woman become a nun?
nun: Because of her love for God. God will never abandon her.
Uhtred: You were being humped against your will. Where was God?
nun: He sent you.

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jimg2000
Apr 02, 2016

Alfred: Each man should know... this war is not only about land. Should the heathens win, then Christ is defeated.
Uhtred: When you speak to the men, Lord, you cannot make it a sermon.
Alfred: And what do you suggest I say?
Uhtred: Tell them that you'll die for them.
Alred: That's good.
Uhtred: Tell them that we'll make the Danes pay in blood, and that they'll be rewarded in plunder.
Afred: - I am to talk of revenge and greed?
Uhtred: They're men, Lord, not angels.

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Oct 12, 2016

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shasta2524
May 22, 2016

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.
The setting is a historical one of England roughly around 800-900 A.D. The conflict involves the vikings who are eager to take more ground and the native English peoples or more correctly the Saxons who desire to hold the ground they have and repel the Vikings from England. The main protagonist is a fictional character although his birth place and enemies who contest him; Ubba (Ubbe Lothbrok) and Guthrum are real figures.

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