Edward has divided his followers in #TheLastKingdom

THE LAST KINGDOM is now in its fourth series on and the series features a young King Edward. But was King Edward real? Who was Edward the Elder?

PUBLISHED: 15:22, Fri, May 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:25, Fri, May 1, 2020

The Last Kingdom is a historical drama series on and it follows the story of Saxon-born Uhtred of Bebbanburg (played by Alexander Dreymon), who was raised by Danes. Uhtred fought loyally with the Anglo-Saxons against the Danes and helped a young King Edward (Timothy Innes), following the death of his father Alfred (David Dawson). Here is everything you need to know about the real Edward the Elder.


Edward the Elder was a real King and he was ruler of the Anglo-Saxons from the year 899 until he died in the year 924.

As the series suggests, he was the son of Alfred the Great and his wife Ealhswith (Eliza Butterworth plays Aelswith in the series) - but his place on the throne did not come easily.

In order to protect his position he had to defeat his cousin Ethelwold (Harry McEntire plays Aethelwold) who had a strong chance of taking the throne, being the son of Alfred's predecessor Ethelred (Toby Regbo played Aethelred).

In the 910s Edward defeated part of southern England which had been ruled by Vikings, and his victory was partly due to the help of his sister Ethelflæd (Millie Brady plays Princess Aethelflaed).

As the series suggests, Aethelfled became the Lady of the Mercians, taking matters into her own hands after Aethelred failed to help Edward in battle.

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By the end of the decade Edward was King of Mercia, Wessex and East Anglia, with only Northumbria being under Viking rule.

In 924 there was a revolt by the Mercians and the Welsh, and Edward died shortly after - he was succeeded by one of his sons, Ethelstan.

Edward the Elder is considered to be one of the forgotten Kings of England as there are not many sources that tell of his reign.

Despite a lack of knowledge about him, his reputation grew in the 12th century and he became known for ending the Viking era in southern England.

Records of his childhood say Edward, whose name meant 'protector of wealth', had two sisters and a younger brother.

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