- 1. Are you deaf too, you old man?
- 2. Don't move, guards.
- 3. The king is within reach of my sword.
- 4. Is he serious?
- 5. Oh, dear.
- 6. Askeladd.
- 7. You bastard! King Sweyn is mine.
- 8. Don't move, Thorkell!
- 9. Askeladd's not acting normal.
- 10. Don't provoke him.
- 11. The king mustn't be harmed.
- 12. What?
- 13. Put away your sword,
then I'll forgive you for this offense.
- 14. Forgive me?
- 15. Don't push your luck, you savage.
- 16. As punishment for mocking my family
and my people, you deserve to die!
- 17. This is my last warning.
- 18. Put away your sword, Askeladd.
- 19. That's my nickname.
- 20. I'll tell you the name my mother gave me.
My real name.
- 21. Lucius Artorius Castus.
- 22. I am the rightful king of the land of Britannia.
- 23. I feel better now.
- 24. For a period of time,
the Danes held dominion over England.
- 25. But in the year 1014,
the situation changed rapidly
- 26. with the death of King Sweyn of Denmark.
- 27. Denmark and England
crossed swords once again.
- 28. Canute succeeded his father Sweyn
- 29. and took command of the
Danish viking army in England.
- 30. Upon hearing news of Sweyn's death,
- 31. Ethelred II returned from his exile
to Normandy and was reinstated.
- 32. Both men proclaimed themselves
King of England,
- 33. and the fate of the throne
was uncertain once more.
- 34. England was exhausted
by never-ending battles.
- 35. Your Highness, stand back.
- 36. I'm fine. I didn't drink any.
- 37. Y-Your Highness, have mercy!
- 38. I swear to our Lord Jesus Christ
that I didn't know.
- 39. I had no idea the drink was poisoned.
- 40. Your Highness, have mercy!
- 41. Please, King Ethelred!
- 42. Bastard...
- 43. Such underhanded means...
- 44. The situation here is even worse
than we were told, Your Highness.
- 45. It will take a long time for Mercia,
- 46. once called the Jewel of the Fields,
to recover from this.
- 47. Gunnar, don't speak as though
we had nothing to do with this.
- 48. We laid waste to this region.
- 49. What is that?
- 50. Huh?
- 51. Oh, right.
- 52. This is the advance force of our army,
which conquered this region.
- 53. That's not what I meant.
- 54. I'm asking what it is that they're doing.
- 55. Why, pillaging the land, of course.
- 56. They're looking for girls to
sell from among the beggars.
- 57. I thought I forbade that.
- 58. Have them beheaded and
display their heads on the road.
- 59. What?
- 60. B-But collecting the spoils
of war is a military custom.
- 61. Cracking down on it harshly would be...
- 62. Men who can't maintain discipline
are no soldiers of mine.
- 63. Behead them and display
their heads on the road.
- 64. Y-Yes, Your Highness.
- 65. Hey, you!
- 66. What? Seriously?
- 67. I appreciate you coming all the
way here, Your Highness.
- 68. Floki, have the arrangements been made?
- 69. Yes, Your Highness, they await your command.
- 70. They can move out immediately.
- 71. But you need not have met them yourself.
- 72. You could have allowed us to handle the matter.
- 73. It's fine. I was already here
observing the military situation.
- 74. I shall meet with them.
- 75. Earl Eadric of Mercia is a coward.
- 76. He is hardly a man worth meeting.
- 77. A person's character and their
usefulness are two different things.
- 78. Either way, I shall meet him
and judge for myself.
- 79. And besides, there is
another reason for my visit.
- 80. What do you mean?
- 81. Hey!
- 82. Canute!
- 83. You're here, you bastard!
- 84. Canute!
- 85. I must appease that.
- 86. I imagine it was too great a
task for you and your men.
- 87. Yes, indeed.
- 88. You little brat!
- 89. Let me hit him!
- 90. Get outta my way and let me hit him once!
- 91. Calm yourself, Thorkell.
- 92. Why, you friggin' fraggin' little...
- 93. I hate when someone stops my
battles more than I hate frogs!
- 94. What?
- 95. Frogs?
- 96. Mercia has requested a truce.
- 97. Our victory here is as good as certain.
- 98. You did well, Thorkell.
- 99. Shut up!
- 100. Battles don't stop until you've
taken the opposing leader's head.
- 101. I was about to lop off Eadric's head.
- 102. Don't make such a fuss.
- 103. Earl Eadric of Mercia is
merely the leader of this region.
- 104. Look at the bigger picture.
- 105. I don't care about that crap.
- 106. I just want to enjoy a
fulfilling life of warfare.
- 107. In the lands to the east, Ethelred's son,
Edmund, is making some disquieting moves.
- 108. I ask that you help us pacify the east.
Your overwhelming strength in battle is—
- 109. I'll decide where I go and
who I fight, Dicehead.
- 110. Canute!
- 111. You'd better not have forgotten
what I said to you then.
- 112. "I'm going to watch what you do from now on,
and who you'll become."
- 113. You're still a nobody.
- 114. You aren't even the King of England.
- 115. You're just a kid.
- 116. So listen up, kid.
- 117. No matter what you do,
you won't be able to avoid war.
- 118. You have no choice but to carve
your path with blood and iron.
- 119. Just like Askeladd did.
- 120. Don't forget that.
- 121. From the start, the path you walk
has been covered in blood.
- 122. How long are you going to keep doing that?
- 123. It's annoying! Get outta here!
- 124. Boy, I'm pissed.
- 125. I'll back down for today,
but there won't be a second time.
- 126. And don't you forget it.
- 127. H-How dare he insult you like that
in front of the soldiers.
- 128. Your Highness,
you mustn't overlook this offense.
- 129. Why not? It makes sense.
- 130. He offered a valuable warning.
- 131. He's an honest man.
- 132. Move it!
- 133. Clear the way.
- 134. It would surely be a
pleasure to live like him.
- 135. Let's go.
- 136. 4,000 pounds of silver.
- 137. This is everything we were
able to gather at this time.
- 138. Please accept this offering.
- 139. If you'll withdraw your forces from Mercia,
- 140. we'll provide you with an
additional 4,000 pounds.
- 141. It's not a bad deal, Canute.
- 142. You offer me Danegeld, Eadric?
- 143. What is your answer, Canute?
- 144. This is nothing.
- 145. Okay, lift 'em.
- 146. Hup.
- 147. Let me ask you something.
- 148. You're paying me this silver so
I'll leave Mercia, aren't you, Eadric?
- 149. I-I'm offering you 8,000 pounds.
- 150. That should be more than enough
for you to withdraw.
- 151. It's not.
- 152. Think carefully about what you're saying.
- 153. You're telling Canute, Bretwalda of England,
- 154. to take this money
and leave his own territory.
- 155. And the price you set on such an
insult against a king is this paltry sum?
- 156. I am your king.
- 157. I came to this land to quell the rebellion
taking place within my domain,
- 158. not for wealth.
- 159. This is nonsense!
- 160. Our king is Ethelred of the
honorable House of Wessex, not you.
- 161. Silence.
- 162. But Father...
- 163. Enough. This is neither the time nor place.
- 164. You're right. There is another
who calls himself the King of England.
- 165. So, did you offer me this deal
with Ethelred's permission?
- 166. I-I'm sure His Highness would understand
if we explained the situation to him.
- 167. Ah, how open-minded of him.
- 168. So Ethelred would forgive one
of his own vassals for deserting
- 169. in order to protect his own land.
- 170. Now, that's not nice.
- 171. He's got a nasty streak.
- 172. The world is in chaos
because there are two kings.
- 173. One must die.
- 174. Ethelred is a coward who
abandoned his people and throne
- 175. to flee into exile during the previous war.
- 176. Don't you think it's foolish to trust
the future of England to such a man?
- 177. You're telling me to betray him?
- 178. You've already betrayed him.
- 179. I'd like you to assist me, Eadric.
- 180. I'd like to make Ethelred go away.
- 181. You've served him for
many years as his vassal.
- 182. I'm sure you would know
of a good method.
- 183. Do you intend to strip me of
every last shred of loyalty, boy?
- 184. In exchange, I'll allow you to keep Mercia.
- 185. Ethelred's head is my price.
- 186. A good deal, don't you think?
- 187. I refuse. A truce is off the table.
- 188. I'll keep fighting a foul man
like you until the bitter end.
- 189. Floki, this man doesn't seem to be a coward.
- 190. He's got some backbone.
- 191. In that case,
shall we test it, Your Highness?
- 192. Come outside, Eadric.
- 193. I have something to show you.
- 194. Are you ready?
- 195. Yes, Your Highness.
- 196. Light it.
- 197. What is this?
- 198. What are you doing, Canute?
- 199. Father.
- 200. L-Look...
- 201. Th-There are more over there.
- 202. C-Canute, what are they signaling?
- 203. This is what it means
to go to war against me.
- 204. Imagine it, Eadric.
- 205. Mercia has been reduced to ash.
- 206. Do you understand now?
- 207. If I will it, reducing you to ash
would be no trouble at all.
- 208. Father!
- 209. Buy peace by offering me Ethelred's head.
- 210. It's the smart choice.
- 211. The next year, in April of 1016,
King Ethelred II of England would die.
- 212. Your Highness!
- 213. It is said he died of an illness.
- 214. After Ethelred's death,
his son Edmund assumed the throne.
- 215. As his father's successor,
- 216. Edmund caused great trouble for
Canute's forces in a hard-fought war, but...
- 217. Seven months later in that same year,
he unsurprisingly also died of an illness.
- 218. Died of an illness, huh?
- 219. It took King Sweyn ten years
to conquer the nation,
- 220. and this time, it ended in less than three.
- 221. The Witanagemot will recognize
Canute as Bretwalda.
- 222. The coronation will be held
first thing next year.
- 223. Don't talk to me about Canute.
- 224. You're ruining my beer.
- 225. Fine, fine.
- 226. Sweyn, Ethelred, and Edmund...
- 227. Thanks to the unnatural deaths of his rivals,
- 228. in the year 1018, Canute officially
became King of England.
- 229. "We Need a Horse."