Modern media has been cucked for decades now. But every once in a while a Western nationalist tv show or movie seeps through the cracks, probably just so the entire industry can survive. One of those shows has to be The Last Kingdom, produced by the BBC of all things, although it was based on the book series written by Bernard Cornwell.
The show centers around the aftermath of the Great Heathen Army that invaded England in 865. The “last kingdom” is Wessex, home of the West Saxons who have been Christian for several centuries now. Faced with Norse hordes, constant viking raids, and the desecration of Christian England, Wessex, with Alfred at the helm, desperately fights to stave off the invasion and preserve Wessex in the hope of the future of England. As all that happens, the main character, Uhtred, an Englishman who was kidnapped as a child by Danes, struggles to gain a name for himself in the hopes he can reclaim his lands back up north at Bebbanburg.
For a show run by the BBC, it doesn’t pay homage to cuckoldry much. Of the one instance I can remember, it was a minor instance from a priest that occurred in the third season and was extremely insignificant. While it undoubtedly does it unknowingly, the show pays much more homage to ethno-nationalism.
Having been kidnapped by Danes as a child, Uhtred is split between his inherited English identity and his adopted Danish one. The real character we should focus on however is Alfred. Alfred inherited the throne of Wessex after his brother, Aethelred (pronounced “Ethelred”) died. An intellectual at heart but king by duty, he took the crown despite knowing he could not live the lige he had been living before. In the third season he really shines for Western nationalists as he nears death and must pass the ideal of a unified England down to his son. Realizing he can not achieve said ideal in the time he has been alotted, Alfred’s last scenes are ones where he is rapidly dispensing that ideal and making it blatantly clear for those around him how vital it is that an English homeland is established. Alfred fundamentally has three goals at heart. These are:
1. The repulsion of the viking armies.
2. The Establishment of an English kingdom for the English.
3. The preservation of Christianity in England.
To have such a nationalist character in the media in this day and age is surprising. Hell, surprising may be an understatement. Alfred’s scenes are to be cherished, especially in season three as mentioned above.
In one scene his son, Edward, essentially complains about being the heir as he realizes he can not have everything he wants. Alfred then rants and makes it very clear that being a king is less of a privilege and more of a duty. While this might not seem all that nationalistic or rightwing at first glance, if we apply it all to manhood we get a similar impression. Having to work overtime so that your wife can go to your daughter’s dance recital is not a privilege. Having to work until your hands are calloused to provide for a family is not a privilege, but it is a duty. The left would rather us completely give up responsibility and live mediocre, unhappy lives.
In other scenes Alfred routinely harks on how important a unified, Christian England is for everything the English value. His last words just before he dies are even, “My England. My love.” His love being his wife at the end of the bed. Though we naturally are at odds with Alfred since he is often at odds with the main character, it’s hard for a Christian Westerner to not see in Alfred a truly great leader. The real life Alfred is the only king in English history to be titled “the Great.” And for good reason. Not only did he save England from succumbing completely to Norse rule, he started a new era of writing and intellectualism and set up a defense system for England that suited it well against the viking invaders. If the Last Kingdom’s representation of Alfred is true, he could rest easily knowing that he set the forces in motion to create a unified England so that his grandson, Aethelstan, could bring it to fruition.
Just like in the show, Alfred is the reason the English have a homeland. He is the reason England remained a land primarily for the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes, and was not overrun by the heathen Norse and Danish hordes. He is the reason England remained Christian and did not revert back to paganism. His domain may have been small and his rule fragile, but he fought for those things. He fought for his people, his god, and his descendants; and for that, he was great.