Fans of Bernard Cornwell will be delighted to know that the TV adaptation of The Last Kingdom starts tonight. Set during the reign of Alfred The Great, it’s lead character is a Northumbrian who loses his castle of Bebbanburg (Bamburgh Castle) in a Viking attack.
Abducted by the Vikings. he becomes one of them – adopting their way of life including their pagan beliefs. He soon finds himself in Guthrum’s Great Army fighting against Alfred of Wessex aka Alfred The Great and eventually becomes indebted to him as part of The Danelaw settlement.
I love these books and it’s set during a period of English history about which many people are unfamiliar, but as period that would fascinate people if they knew how important it was to the formation of England.
So if you want to learn about the importance of the Vikings and about Alfred (and later his daughter Aethelflaed who at this stage is a child) then you should watch it!