Vikings: Is Bishop Heahmund based on a real person?
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All six seasons of Vikings are streaming on Amazon Prime Video now and fans want to know everything they possibly can about the show’s cast and characters. Is Bishop Heahmund based on a real person? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Is Bishop Heahmund based on a real person?
Jonathan Rhys Meyers starred in Vikings seasons four and give of Vikings as the merciless Bishop Heahmund.
Like many of the characters in Vikings, Bishop Heahmund was loosely based on a real historical figure.
Bishop Heahmund is believed to be based on the medieval Bishop of the same name, who lived in the 9th century.
The real Bishop Heahmund resided in the kingdom of Wessex and was loyal to King Aethelred (played by Darren Cahill) and Alfred of Wessex (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) as seen at the start of Vikings season five.
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The real Heahmund was the Bishop of Sherborne, which today is known as the Bishop of Salisbury.
Heahmund was consecrated in 867 or 868 and served the Catholic Church.
Just like Heahmund viewers meet in Vikings, the real Heahmund died at the Battle of Mereturn in March 871, also known as the Battle of Merton.
The Battle of Merton was between the Saxon army of Wessex and the Danish Great Heathen Army.
The Vikings, led by Haldan Ragnarsson were victorious in the end, defeating the Wessex army led by King Aethelred.
In Vikings, Heahmund was killed by Gunnhild (Ragga Ragnars) during the Battle of Marton.
He had been struck bus several arrows from the enemy and Gunnhild sealed his fate by stabbing him in the back.
The real Heahmund was buried at Keynsham in Somerset and he was consecrated as a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church and Roman Catholic Church.
Like most historical drama’s, the show is a blend of historical fact and fiction.
Heahmund romance with Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) is entirely fictional and there is no record of the historical figures ever meeting in real life.
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Speaking to Variety about Heahmund’s death, show creator Michael Hirst said: “Heahmund is only a footnote in history – there was no precedent to have his character continue.
“The nature of the character and his intensity means that he is much like a Roman candle: it must shine bright, have its effect and leave.
“The death scene was filmed in the snow and bitter cold in a rather enclosed field, and of course these scenes must be very intense and quite mechanical to shoot as we are dealing with arrows, but it does have a fluidity in its manifestation of the circumstances and consequences of his death and what it means for Lagertha.”
He added: “Heahmund is such an extreme character that he had to die and he had to die heroically in battle.”
Heahmund was played by Golden Globe-winning actor, Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Vikings fans will most likely recognise Meyers from his role as Henry the VIII in The Tudors
He is also well known for portraying Elvis Presley in the CBS miniseries, Elvis.
Meyers is also well known for playing as football coach Joe in Bend It Like Beckham and as Declan Gormley in Mission Impossible III.
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