The Last Kingdom - here I review the authenticity of episode one of this television series set in medieval England.
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The Last Kingdom is a television series, eight hours long, based on the books by Bernard Cornwell. Here, I give the first episode the Lindybeige treatment - that is to say I go through it and in smarmy way point out various things it gets wrong.
People have pointed out in the comments that one character, Uhtred father of Uhtred, whom I describe as a 'king', is technically not a king at this point in the story. This is true. I decided not to spend half a minute of screen-time explaining the distinction. He is of a line of kings, has hopes to gain the title 'king' again, and is the ruler of Bernicia, and commander of the main force that engages in the battle, and is a very senior nobleman, variously described as 'king', 'earl', 'lord', and 'ealdorman'.
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The history-pedants' guide to The Last Kingdom - episode one
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