Last Kingdom explained: Did Uhtred really go to Bamburgh Castle?

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The Last Kingdom is in its fourth season on Netflix and the series is based on Anglo-Saxon history. In the series, the main character Uhtred of Bebbanburg (played by Alexander Dreymon) is determined to claim back his homeland. Fans are wondering whether Uhtred visited Bamburgh Castle in real life, and Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

Did Uhtred really go to Bamburgh Castle?

Throughout the series Uhtred has made numerous attempts to claim back his birthright – to become the Lord of Bebbanburg.

In season four he and his followers travelled back to Bebbanburg to claim it from Uhtred’s evil uncle Ælfric (Joseph Millson).

However, the mission was a failure and Uhtred had no choice but to abandon his homeland, which left fans wondering if he would ever go back.

Fans may be interested to hear that there was a real Uhtred of Bebbanburg, who was the Earl of Northumbria.

However, he lived in the early 11th century and did not have any connection with Alfred the Great (David Dawson) as portrayed in the Netflix series.

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Stephen Usry, a historian with an interest in Anglo Saxon history, revealed the character’s roots as an Anglo-Saxon nobleman raised by Danes is also fictional.

In real life, Uhtred never had to fight to claim back his birthright, so his story arc in the series is mostly made up.

Bebbanburg itself is based on the real Bamburgh Castle, which was a Celtic fort before the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons.

The real-life Uhtred the Bold was ealdorman of all Northumbria from 1006 to 1016, and he was the son of Waltheof of Bamburgh.

The real Bamburgh Castle is in Northumberland, and the original fort was destroyed by Vikings in the year 933.

The Normans then built a new castle on the site, which forms part of the castle visitors can see today.

With this in mind, Uhtred did not visit the Bamburgh Castle visitors know of today, but he would have had a connection to the area at the time.

In the year 600 Ida of Bernicia, who owned the castle at the time, passed it on to his wife Bebba, which is where the term Bebbanburg came from.

The castle has featured in a number of books including Joyous Gard, and the video game Forza Horizon 4.

Bamburgh Castle has also featured in the TV and film projects Mary, Queen of Scots, Time Team and Macbeth.

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An official tourist website for Northumbria includes a page about Uhtred of Bebbanburg in The Last Kingdom.

The site says: “Bebbanburg, now known as Bamburgh, is the original home of the main character, Uhtred of Bebbanburg.

“Cornwell is thought to have based this main character upon Uhtred the Bold, who became the ealdorman of all Northumbria from 1006 to 1016 AD.

“Bamburgh is now an idyllic village with its iconic and imposing castle sitting majestically on a dolerite outcrop overlooking the stunning Northumberland coastline. Its history tells of a very important, turbulent and difficult past.”

Bamburgh became the capital of the British kingdom from 420 AD when it was captured by the Anglo-Saxon ruler Ida of Bernicia.

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Speaking of what he would like to see happen in a potential season five of The Last Kingdom, Dreymon said he would like to see Uhtred return to Bebbanburg.

Fans are also rooting for Uhtred to claim back his birthright, even if this plotline is entirely fictional.

One fan said on Twitter: “I’ve finished my season four binge of The Last Kingdom and it was damn good.

“Now starts the excruciatingly long wait for season five and hopefully there is one. I just really want to see Uhtred finally retake Bebbanburg. Guess it’s time for another rewatch or reread.”

The Last Kingdom is available to watch on Netflix now

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