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Bamburgh castle. Source: Paul / Adobe Stock.

The Real Last Kingdom- Bamburgh Castle (Video)


Fans of the Netflix series 'The Last Kingdom' are familiar with the captivating character of Uhtred of Bebbanburg, the warrior determined to reclaim his ancestral homeland. What many may not realize is that Bebbanburg actually existed during the Anglo-Saxon era and continues to thrive today as Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland. Nestled dramatically along the rugged coastline of north-east England, this castle stands as one of the most iconic in all of Britain. Furthermore, Uhtred's name was not solely a figment of the writers’ imaginations. In fact, an Uhtred, known as Uhtred the Bold, ruled over Northumbria from Bebbanburg in the early 11th century.

It is this historical figure who inspired Bernard Cornwell's fictional character. The real-life story is no less enthralling and action-packed than the narrative portrayed in the series. Throughout his reign, his loyalty was persistently tested by Saxon and Danish kings, mirroring the challenges faced by Uhtred of Bebbanburg in the television adaptation. The Last Kingdom seamlessly weaves together elements of history and fiction, showcasing the enduring allure of Bamburgh Castle and introducing audiences to the exploits of the remarkable Uhtred the Bold.

Top image: Bamburgh castle. Source: Paul / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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