The Last Kingdom
1DVD - 2016
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Priest: Take consolation, lady, that should your land be confiscated, it is the church that'll benefit.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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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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