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"I shall make my point clear from the outset. We demand swords... and the men to carry them. (...) Mercia lost many a warrior at Ethandun, and willingly. I expect repayment. (...) No, we are not one. We are Mercia and you are Wessex.(...) Swords! I will not be silenced. (...) (...) (...) What of your warrior Uhtred? He is a leader of men. Dispatch him to our border with Daneland. Uhtred and 50 men, I will accept. (...) Northumbria? You can send men to the far north but not to your neighbour? (...) The solution... is swords and men. (...) Swords! How many times do I need to say it?! How many times am I to be ignored?!"
—Ceolwulf to Alfred, Ælswith, and Æthelwold[src]

Ceolwulf of Mercia was a minor character in both The Saxon Stories novel series, and The Last Kingdom television series. He is the former king of Mercia, being succeeded by Æthelred.


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Winchester, Wessex; Lord Ceolwulf arrives in Winchester to meet with King Alfred. Ceolwulf demands swords and the men to carry them. They have many raiders from the Daneland. Alfred considers their land to be one, but Ceolwulf objects. He is Mercia. Alfred is Wessex. Ceolwulf wants Uhtred and 50 men to defend his border. Odda reveals that Uhtred was last seen in Northumbria. Again, Ceolwulf wants swords, even as Alfred proposes an alliance. Alfred and Ælswith then remind Ceolwulf of the letters they sent regarding a suitor for Æthelflæd. He has a suitor in mind, but needs reassures that he won’t merely become a poor cousin of Wessex. Ceolwulf then blames Alfred for ever agreeing to Daneland. Alfred and Ælswith assure Ceolwulf that Wessex will give them swords. Ceolwulf suddenly dies right there before them. ("Episode 2.3")


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  • This character has been based on a real historical figure of Ceolwulf.
    • Historically, he is known as Ceolwulf II of Mercia.
    • He was the last king of independent Mercia from c.874 to c.879.
  • The name Ceolwulf comes from Old English. The name is made up of the words ceol, which means "keel (of a ship)" and wulf, which means "wolf". Also, it is often said that Ceolwulf means "name of a king".
  • Ceolwulf was a noble; he was a king of Mercia.