Uhtred and Aethelflaed at the Witenagemot meeting. Hild later cured Uhtred's injuries and gave him back his sword. Hastein's men charged out of the fortress and at Uhtred's men, who formed a circular shield wall; however, Alfred had his men hold their positions in the woods, hoping that his enemies would kill each other. Uhtred watched as Ragnar killed Kjartan in single combat, avenging their adopted father. Ealdorman Waltheof was too old to fight and remained in his castle at Bamburgh. Iseult then guided Uhtred to another secred treasure, buried in a dungheap outside of the king's home; the men dug through it and found the large chest of silver. kill the sorcerer without breaking the skin and without shedding one drop of blood, and Brida told him that he would have to do the same with Skade or make her his woman. Here are the books in the series: Uhtred is an English boy, born into the aristocracy of ninth-century Northumbria. Convinced that they were marching on the fortress of Wareham as the prelude to a great Danish invasion, Alfred had all of his ealdormen raise their armies and march on Wareham. Uhtred and Brida then rode to Bebbanburg, where Uhtred threw down Weland's head and Weland's payment at the foot of the city gates in full view of Aelfric and his bowmen, swearing vengeance against his uncle. He also said that the idea of a single kingdom of England would have to start in Wessex, as it was the last kingdom which still held out against the Vikings. Skorpa taunted Uhtred by asking if he knew that his sister Thyra was being raped daily by Sven, and Beocca responded by asking Skorpa if he knew that his mother wished she had kept her legs closed, a deep insult. Kjartan then framed Uhtred for Ragnar's murder, saying that he had led a Saxon uprising against the Danes and killed Ragnar in the process. He then rejoined his men as Aethelflaed confronted her brother, but, when he came back to Aethelflaed, he discovered that she had been exiled from Wessex by her brother for her insubordination and for putting Mercia before Wessex. Uhtred and Aldhelm then went with Aethelflaed as she met with her brother, and Uhtred informed Edward that there was talk among the ealdormen of Mercia splitting from Wessex. He then left after hearing warning bells, and he saw Bloodhair approach the fort with hostages. Uhtred the Bold reigned from 1006 to 1016, when he met his treacherous death at the hands of Thurbrand the Hold, a thegn of Cnut, son of Sweyn Forkbeard. Uhtred then returned to the woods, where they had Storri sent back, with Brida sending him naked, tied to a horse, and with a branch in his anus. Not always seeing eye to eye with the king, Uhtred’s destiny was still linked with Alfred’s, and the desire to get Bebbanburg could only be achieved with Alfred’s help. The Danes had already landed, conquering large parts of Britain. Uhtred, however, was intent on seeing his wife, and he naively claimed that his men would vouch for him. Brida then arrived and saw a ray of light shining on Aethelwold's body, saying that it was a bridge for Ragnar's spirit to head to Valhalla, and Uhtred and Brida briefly embraced before she broke off, remembering that they were on opposite sides of the battle. However, as Uhtred met with Brida at the blacksmith's fire in the forest that night, the vengeful Kjartan and his son Sven returned to have their vengeance against Ragnar for his earlier insults. Alfred then toasted Uhtred as the true Lord of Bebbanburg. Uhtred and Sihtric's negotiations were interrupted when the Saxons launched a renewed assault and breached the walls amid a smoke attack on the defending Danes. Uhtred then got up, and, when Beocca asked him to kiss the cross, Uhtred insulted God in front of Beocca and Mildrith, and he walked away. The enemy is massing on the borders, a united force for once. Uhtred then sent Offa as a messenger to the Danes, telling them that Uhtred was coming as a shadow walker, and that they would die as his brother died. Uhtred was introduced to King Callyn, who lived in an unimpressive home, and Callyn initially refused to speak to the pagan Uhtred, instead relying on Asser to communicate; Uhtred bluntly asked Callyn to speak. Their conversation was overheard by Brother Trew, who grew suspicious of their growing ties. Only the most astute cunning, the greatest loyalty and the most spectacular courage can save him. Wyrd bid ful araed. However, he instead learned from Alfred that Ivar the Boneless had been killed in Ireland, and that his brother Ubbe wished to avenge him personally, meaning that he would possibly have to abandon Guthrum. Bamburgh Castle is a castle on the northeast coast of England, by the village of Bamburgh in Northumberland.It is a Grade I listed building.. Uhtred then told Hastein that he could go, but ordered him to leave behind Cnut's two young sons Esgar and Cnut. The next morning, Uhtred delivered food to Skade, who failed to seduce him. In Wessex, rival parties scramble to settle on the identity of the next king. Leofric admitted to the crimes and said that he head donated his plunder to the Church and begged forgiveness, but Odda refused to accept Leofric's claim that he had voluntarily gone to Cornwall rather than followed Uhtred. Among his descendants is Oliver Cromwell.. Uhtred commanded the first row of West Saxon soldiers, forming a shield wall and advancing against the enemy; Aethelwold, Halig, and Leofric were by his side. Steapa opened the gates to the fortress, allowing for Ragnar's main force to assault the fortress and overwhelm Kjartan's men. But a man with a warrior’s courage may be able to find it. It was at the West Saxon camp that Uhtred met King Alfred, intent on asking him about his debts. The party rode into Cumberland, where Eadred mistakenly greeted Uhtred as Eadred; this showed that he had made up the Saint Cuthbert vision, as he failed to recognize the same likeness shown to him in the dream. He told Uhtred that he was no longer the boy who could be bent to his will, and that, while his "no" was not permanent, now would not be the time to help Uhtred. That night, Leofric, Uhtred, and Mildrith had an uncomfortable dinner where Leofric repeatedly excused himself due to tensions between Uhtred and Mildrith. Kjartan deduced that Uhtred was the undead warrior that his son had told him of, and he grew angry when Uhtred rode off rather than fight him. As a child, Uhtred learned that the Danes, and the kingdoms of Scotland, Mercia, East Anglia and Wessex were his enemy, and the enemy of his kingdom. Meanwhile, back in Aylesbury, King Edward resolved to seize Uhtred's lands at Coccham and take his children captive, thus making him pay for taking a child of his blood. Aethelwold told Uhtred that Edward was not a man to follow, and Sigebriht asked where Uhtred stood. That evening, Iseult told Uhtred that she no longer wanted her powers, and the two made love, breaking Iseult's spell. One night, after the Danes returned to Leeds in Yorkshire, Ragnar decided to hold a festival for Thyra's planned wedding, and he convinced Uhtred to meet Brida in the woods with the hope of encouraging them to marry. Uhtred spared Sven in order to instill fear in Kjartan, and Sven was blindfolded and released into the forest. Uhtred was then brought before the Witan to be confirmed as Lord of Mercia, and the Witan voted in favor.