Rune Temte as Ubba, the most senior-ranking Dane, in BBC AMERICA's 'The Last Kingdom.' (Photo: BBC AMERICA)

When you think of the Vikings, do you envision savage brutes wielding swords and shields while wearing helmets with pointy horns? Well, part of that is true. To celebrate this Saturday’s Viking invasion of BBC AMERICA with the epic new drama The Last Kingdom, we separate the truth from mere myth. Who were the Vikings really? Anglophenia’s Kate Arnell tells the story of the great Danes and how they’ve influenced us even to this day.

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Watch The Last Kingdom Saturdays at 10/9c on BBC AMERICA. For a taste of the series, here’s a trailer:

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.