• Uhtred's Saxon father's priest, Beocca, goes on to become Alfred's most trusted advisor. As such, he alone has seen Uhtred grow from boy to man and knows his true birth-right. Devout, but with a wry sense of humor, Beocca is clever and tactical, with an opinion Alfred values greatly. Ever hopeful of turning stubborn Uhtred from his pagan ways, Beocca maintains a strong paternal affection for his wayward former charge.