hi Bernard I hope you are well, I am 37 and live near Chelmsford in Essex and have read the Grail quest series which was brilliant, I am now reading the Last Kingdom I am up to the second book the Pale Horseman- I think the story is fantastic, I have always been interested in the Saxon kings of England and this is a dream come true - thanks mate!! One question will the series carry on into the reigns of Athelstan and Edmund sons of Edward the Elder?, I have an interesting theory about king Edmund 1 of England, son of Edward the Elder - I know it may sound mad but I think he was the real inspiration for King Arthur ,his life and events in his reign parallel exactly that of king Arthur, I will list a few: both were teenage Kings, who suceeded Great Kings, both were Kings of ALL England, both fought many battles to first regain and hang on to the kingdom, both had great very holy advisors, Arthur had Merlin, Edmund had St Dunstan. Both made peace treaties with the enemy which lasted, both very pious Christains, both were killed by evil men - Arthur protecting England from MorDRED< Edmund was killed protecting his servant and was suceeded by EDRED, both had wives who commited adultery, Arthur had Guinevere, Edmund had Elgifu who had an affair with his son (her stepson)Edwy(very much like Morgan le Fey!!) Edmund is buried at Glastonbury!!, The legend of Arthur is centered around Glastonbury, What do you think about this- Alfred was called the Great but Edmund was called "The Magnificent"he died aged only 24. Craig Govey
The series will stretch on, but probably not to Edmund. Don't know. Haven't got there yet! Your theory is interesting! Not quite sure how a Saxon king could be the inspiration for a Celtic hero, but I wouldn't dismiss it out of hand. Thanks!