The Last Kingdom TV show. What do you know about the real Kingdom of Wessex?

The Last Kingdom TV show. What do you know about the real Kingdom of Wessex?
Yareah Magazine
Alexander Dreymon plays as Uhtred of Bebbanburg

Alexander Dreymon plays as Uhtred of Bebbanburg

The Last Kingdom is set in the late ninth century, when current England was several separate kingdoms. The Anglo-Saxon lands were attacked and ruled by Danes sometimes. In fact, the Kingdom of Wessex had been left standing alone. What do you know about the real Kingdom of Wessex? Today, ten things you should know.

From 519, Wessex was an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in the south of Great Britain.

Legends say that Wessex was founded by Cerdic (519 – 534) and Cynric (534 to 560.)


Alfred the Great (actor David Dawson)

Wessex became a Christian kingdom after Cenwalh (643–645; 648–674) was baptised. He would be the great-great grandson of King Cerdic.

During the 8th century, the system of shires was established under Egbert, Surrey, Sussex, Kent, and Essex.

Wessex suffered different problems in the 9th century: a Danish army arrived in the Thames estuary, and the kingdom was divided to avoid a Civil war between two pretenders to the throne.

In 871, Alfred the Great (actor David Dawson) became king of Wessex and by the time of his death, he had become the dominant ruler in England. A devout Christian, Alfred improved his kingdom’s legal system, military structure and his people’s quality of life.

As we are seeing in The Last Kingdom TV show, Wessex was invaded by the Danes in 871, and they returned in 876. In 878 they forced Alfred to flee to the Somerset Levels, but were finally defeated at the Battle of Edington or the Battle of Ethandun.

At the Battle of Edington an army of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex under Alfred the Great defeated the Great Heathen Army led by Guthrum.

In The Last Kingdom TV show , Alexander Dreymon plays as Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

Uhtred of Bebbanburg is the main character of the bestselling Saxon Stories novel series by author Bernard Cornwell. He is based on the historical Uchtred the Bold who was the ealdorman of all Northumbria from 1006 to 1016, when he was assassinated.

Do you like The Last Kingdom? Tell us your opinion now!

View Comments (2)
  • Mark H. Sheppard

    IF you love this period check out http://www.redkinggames.com for games on Alfred the Great

  • Aprillilly123

    great TV show.

More in Entertainment

Mary Njoku filming for Rok Studios

Rok Studios Launches Nollywood TV Channel on Sky

Yareah MagazineSeptember 27, 2016
Vent-Axia Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Sussex-based Vent-Axia Celebrates 80 Years of Innovation

Yareah MagazineSeptember 14, 2016
Nicole Scherzinger, Joel, Ella & Murad

International Popstars DNCE And Nicole Scherzinger Amongst Performers To Take To The SSE Arena, Wembley Stage For Rays Of Sunshine Children’s Charity On Monday 24th October 2016

Yareah MagazineSeptember 9, 2016

HBO News. Bill Simmons’ lineup for tomorrow night

Yareah MagazineSeptember 6, 2016
Lord's Pavilion

As the cricket season draws to a close, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) can report a surge in popularity for guests seeking a full day of luxury hospitality at Lord’s during a Test Match in 2016. In the Home of Cricket’s most iconic venues – the Captains’ Lounge and Marylebone Suite – hospitality packages which included a hearty breakfast, sumptuous four-course lunch and luxury afternoon tea, sold out quickly for the first three days of the England v Sri Lanka and England v Pakistan Investec Test Matches. Private Boxes with the best views of the action for up to 18 guests also sold out fast for the same days. MCC revealed a sharp increase in revenue for its 2016 Sri Lanka Test Match hospitality packages compared with 2014 when the team last played England at Lord’s. Revenues for hospitality were up by nearly 30% over the same period in 2014 whilst private box sale revenues were up by a healthy 60%. Nick Kenton, MCC Head of Sales, Meetings & Events and Hospitality, said: “2016 has been a fantastic year for enjoying a day of cricket whilst experiencing the very best food, drink and hospitality that Lord’s has to offer. “This year’s sales figures show that hospitality packages at Lord’s were in huge demand and continue to be a key part of the summer sporting calendar.” Lord’s also expects high demand for its new hospitality packages, to be released this autumn for 2017 matches. These include England v South Africa from 6th to 10th July and England v West Indies from 7th to 11th September. Packages for the England v Ireland Royal London One-Day International on 7th May 2017 are also expected to sell out in record time. Details of all hospitality options at Lord’s can be found on its website

Yareah MagazineSeptember 6, 2016
Afternoon tea at Lord's

It’s not all about the cricket – Lord’s lists top five unforgettable days out for summer 2016

Yareah MagazineJuly 28, 2016

Yareah Magazine

Art is Everywhere and Up to You.

About Us - Press Kit - Contact Us

YM on Twitter

Top Posts & Pages

Yareah® Magazine is a Registered Trademark in the United States