The third season of ten episodes was released by Netflix on 19 November In an interview with Emerson College, Cornwell said: "Years ago, when I was at university, I discovered Anglo-Saxon poetry and became hooked on that strange and often melancholy world. Americans know, they even have a starting date, but the English just seemed to assume that England had always been there, so the idea of writing a series about the creation of England was in my head for a long time.
When he was in his fifties, Cornwell met his birth father, named William Outhred or Oughtred , and learned the story of his own descent from the Saxons who owned Bebbanburg now called Bamburgh Castle. Thus was born Uhtred, the protagonist of the fictional tales. In the interview, he revealed that there is a plan to adapt the series for television, in answer to a question of how many more books are planned for the series. No idea!
Six more? Eight more? When the television adaptation of the first two novels aired in fall of , Cornwell reiterated how the idea took shape in his mind when he met his birth father in Canada.
Cornwell's paternal ancestors were traced to the time of Alfred; the family holding Bebbanburg was betrayed in the 11th century and fled to Yorkshire. The series is frequently compared to The Warlord Chronicles , not only because of similarities between the two protagonists both were orphaned , but also in the similarities between the foreign menace in the form of the Danes in The Saxon Stories and the Saxons in The Warlord Chronicles.
Alfred also resembles Arthur in his mission as the only man to save his kingdom England for Alfred, Southern Celtic Britain for Arthur from an unstoppable threat. The main character, Uhtred of Bebbanburg the old Saxon name of Bamburgh Castle , is an old man telling tales of events that took place decades earlier, starting from his childhood and going on, his story intertwining with the story of the British Isles in the end of the ninth century.
He intersperses the narrative with often-acerbic comments regarding the events and characters he describes. It is notable that the Saxon-born Uhtred, baptized Christian three times, has a very critical view of the Christian religion throughout the entire series. Though he took an oath to serve Alfred, he keeps his sympathy to the Danes, their way of life and their gods. This offers the reader a balanced picture of the conflict of the times, when it was in no way a certainty that there would be an England or Angle-land instead of a "Daneland" as the southern and central parts of the island of Britain.
This series of novels is known by several names. Saxon Stories and Saxon Tales were the first titles in the US and the UK editions for the first five novels, and those titles continue in use for later novels. In the autumn of , a series of television programs based on the first two novels and using the title of the first novel — The Last Kingdom — has led book sellers to link the novels to the television series by referring to them as The Last Kingdom novels. The author renamed the series The Last Kingdom , per a news notice at his website. Bernard Cornwell mentioned in the historical notes at the end of The Lords of the North third novel that he intended to continue writing The Saxon Stories.
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