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Cenric was a minor character in The Last Kingdom television series.

Biography[]

The Last Kingdom[]

Season 4[]

Aegelesburg, Mercia; Edward tells Æthelhelm to have his mother publicly rebuked for raising King Hywel’s army. Edward calls on Cenric, he sends him back to Winchester to have their men brought to Mercia to help rebuild the town. ("Episode 4.5")

Lord Æthelhelm advises Edward to act decisively to install someone in Mercia before chaos breaks out. Lord Æthelhelm pulls Cenric to the side and instructs him to tell the Wessex Guard to settle within the walls. And as for the command to punish the king’s mother, he asks for Cenric himself to undertake it.("Episode 4.5")

Winchester, Wessex; Ælflæd follows Cenric as he goes to inform Ælswith that an order has come from Aegelesburg. Ælswith is to be confined to punishment for raising an army without the king’s consent. Cenric has been asked to enact the will of the king. ("Episode 4.5")

Aegelesburg, Mercia; Later, Lord Æthelhelm orders Cenric to ride to Saltwic and fetch Ælfwynn. King Edward would like to ensure no force is used.

Saltwic, Mercia; Once there, Stiorra opens the front gate and asks Cenric and his men if they are lost. They’ve come to take Ælfwynn to Aegelesburg. Stiorra claims Ælfwynn claims that she’s already been taken to Winchester by Uhtred. Cenric isn’t convinced and proceeds to search the grounds while Young Uhtred, Finan, Osferth, Sihtric, Ælfwynn, and Æthelstan hide. However, they come up empty handed and leave the estate soon after. ("Episode 4.5")

Aegelesburg, Mercia; Edward tells Cenric and Eardwulf that they will seize Uhtred’s land in Coccham and take his children. Cenric reports that Uhtred was seen on the road with a number of children. Edward tells Cenric to not speak of this to anyone. Edward orders Cenric to track Uhtred down. Later, Æthelhelm worries they won't find her in time, Edward tells Cenric to continue their search for Ælfwynn. ("Episode 4.6")

Cenric reports back to Edward and Æthelhelm. Unfortunately, the fugitives haven’t been located. Edward tells Cenric to burn herbs in the surrounding fields to let the smoke drive out the bad air. ("Episode 4.6")

Cenric informs Edward that the Ealdormen have called their Witan for after the funeral and that Edward isn’t welcome to attend. However Edward, Æthelhelm, and Cenric enter the Witan despite being unwelcome. ("Episode 4.7")

Burgred takes a load of grains to the storage so that Wessex cannot steal it, but he is intercepted by Cenric and the Wessex Guard. Edward demands that the grain be shared amongst the people. Cenric pushes Burgred to the ground and seizes the cart of grains. ("Episode 4.7")

Once Uhtred shows up in Aegelesburg, he is captured on Æthelhelm's orders. Cenric chains up Uhtred, who recognises him. He initially asks if Cenric was sworn to Alfred before realising that Cenric fought at Beamfleot. Æthelhelm pleads with Uhtred to tell him the location of Ælfwynn so that they don’t have to torture him, but he refuses. So, Cenric is ordered to punch him repeatedly. ("Episode 4.7")

Ælswith informs Edward that Ælfwynn is at the gate and orders that they be opened but she is unwell. Edward orders Cenric to find him every healer in town and not to speak a word of this to anyone. ("Episode 4.7")

Uhtred takes control of the situation of handling the grain. All the while Edward, Ælswith and Cenric watch from above. ("Episode 4.7")

Æthelflæd, Aldhelm, young Uhtred, and Sihtric arrive outside of Aegelesburg’s gates, where they are confronted by Cenric. Æthelflæd pleads with him to allow her in so that she may see her daughter, who she believes to be dead. Cenric concedes and allows them to enter. ("Episode 4.7")

The guards of Wessex appear to be seizing Aegelesburg, led by Cenric. ("Episode 4.8")

Æthelflæd's Mercian fyrd arrives shortly after. She tells them to remain calm as she will not sacrifice a single Mercian life unless it’s necessary. The fyrd will remain outside, but she has no doubt that Aegelesburg will soon be in Mercian control once again. She then orders Edward and Cenric to open the gates. ("Episode 4.8")

Outside Winchester, Wessex; Edward, Pyrlig, Cenric, and the Wessex Guard arrive and charge towards Wessex, but the gates are shut before they can enter. Edward’s strategy is foolish, and he inevitably falls back as his men are killed. ("Episode 4.9")

Brida and Hæsten watch as the Guards near. Cenric approaches the kingdom to send a message of intent. Either they leave the town or the Wessex army will burn it down. Brida isn’t interested and shoots Cenric with an arrow, killing him. ("Episode 4.10")

Battle Participation[]

This list shows the battles Cenric has participated in:

Appearances[]

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Trivia[]

  • The name Cenric comes from Old English. The name is made up of the words cen, which means "fierce, keen", and ric, which means "ruler".
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