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Old 14 July 2016, 19:24
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Thumbs up The Last Kingdom

Bernard Corwall's book series has been turned into a series and it's on Netflix.
The place: England
The time: about 890AD
The fight: Saxons taking their land back from invading Vikings
It's historically accurate and very interesting.

I'm really enjoying it.
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Old 19 July 2016, 13:43
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Excellent series writing and acting spot on
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Old 19 July 2016, 14:35
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Just a bit off topic, I read an article by some linguist (I think) that had sound bites of the English language going back through the centuries. The era this takes place in, the language would be incomprehensible to the modern ear. Just a little nerd note.
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Old 19 July 2016, 15:10
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The era this takes place in, the language would be incomprehensible to the modern ear. Just a little nerd note.
Neat tidbit of info. 👍
To be fair though, some of the modern language is incomprehensible to the modern ear too. 🤔
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Old 19 July 2016, 15:49
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I binged last Saturday. I like this show a lot.
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Old 22 July 2016, 10:00
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I'm about half-way through the season. Really well done!
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Old 22 July 2016, 11:06
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Just watched the first episode. Quite different from Vikings.
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Old 23 July 2016, 09:04
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Just a bit off topic, I read an article by some linguist (I think) that had sound bites of the English language going back through the centuries. The era this takes place in, the language would be incomprehensible to the modern ear. Just a little nerd note.
Old English is Anglo-Saxon, a Germanic language. Anyone who speaks German will be able to understand the gist of a conversation. Phonetically...

Tomorgen = tomorrow
Morgentide = morning
Stoppian = stop
Ic = I
Withutan = outside, without
Kinning = king
Sprekkan = speak
Nama = name

Once you learn the rules of pronunciation for written OE, it sounds much like a dialect of Old German, which is exactly what it is.
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^^^^And there you go.
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Old 7 August 2016, 20:56
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Finished the series like two days ago. I really enjoyed it, thought it was well done. Hopefully they continue on with it.
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Just watched the first episode. Quite different from Vikings.
Just added Kingdom the que. How would you describe it being different from Vikings?

We stopped watching Vikings after season 3 or so because it went sideways.... I am hoping Kingdom is different from what Vikings did.
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My only problems with Vikings involves anachronisms and the rewriting of history to create greater drama. It's not meant to be an honest documentary, but it seems they "guild the lily" to excess at times. It reminds me of a James Michenor novel - meticulously researched, very well written, interesting to read, and every event portrayed happened somewhere, sometime, just not in the place and time described in the novel.

The Last Kingdom is a straightforward work of historical fiction set just a few years after the most recent Vikings season. It is more like The Killer Angels in that real events are portrayed as they happened, but fictional characters (Sgt. Kilrain, etc.), conversations and sub-plots are freely used.

A major issue in Vikings is the "necessity" of a translator between the Danes and those occupying Angle-land in the 9th century. While there were distinct dialects on the island, the difference between Danish (at that time) and, say, West Saxon, was about like that of Spanish and Portuguese today, or even Danish and German today. Conversations would not require a translator, but treaties and legal issues would. Reading would require a translator, as Scandinavians used runes instead of letters at this time in history.

And the piggyback scabbard for a long battle sword is the equivalent of horns on helmets. It may look cool, but it is as impractical as "going commando" in a rugby match...

All that to say this. I look forward to the next season of both.
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The shaking camera segments are killing me.
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Old 10 August 2016, 01:18
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The wife and I really enjoyed it. Finished the first season in about a week.
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Old 10 August 2016, 01:59
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I just finished the first season too. I liked it, and have suggested it to several friends. I liked the writer's use of deception among the characters. It kept things interesting. Vikings has nothing near that level of subplots/subterfuge among the major characters, so the two series are markedly different. When I saw the two characters named Ragnar and Ubba in the first few episodes, I figured "here we go-- another take on the Viking-series plot" but that turned out not to be the case.
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Wifey and I very much like this. A little more so than Vikings. Is there a second season yet??? I remember seeing it on one of the cable channels before I had to go to Netflix to finish...(season 1)

We think it's a good series, I hope they have more seasons...
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We watched the first episode last night and found it very interesting. We're also big fans of Vikings so I'm interested to see if we like this better.
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Finished watching it this weekend. Enjoyed it very much. Uhtred reminds me of Jax from Sons of Anarchy.
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Old 15 August 2016, 19:47
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Finished watching it this weekend. Enjoyed it very much. Uhtred reminds me of Jax from Sons of Anarchy.
Aaaand ya just ruined it... screw SOA...
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Old 22 August 2016, 20:51
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We finished the series and are looking forward to season 2, which is due sometime in 2017.
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