Ethelred the Unready

King of England
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Athelred II (13 March 968 — 23 April 1016) nicknamed the Unready was the King of England twice. The first time was from 978 until in 1013 where a Viking king, Sweyn I of Denmark, overthrew him. The second time was from Sweyn's death in 1014 until Athelred's death in 1016. He was the son of Edgar and his second wife, Ælfthryth. He succeded his older half-brother, Edward II, in 978 when Athelred was only ten years old. During his reign where he had to fight against Viking invaders in England.

Athelred II
King of the English
First Reign18 March 978 — 23 July 1013
Coronation29 March 978
PredecessorEdward the Martyr
SuccessorSweyn I
Second Reign3 February 1014 — 23 April 1016
PredecessorSweyn I
SuccessorEdmund II
RegentÆlfthryth (978–984)
Born(968-03-13)13 March 968
Winchester, Hampshire
Died23 April 1016(1016-04-23) (aged 48)
London
Burial
Spouse
Issue
HouseWessex
FatherEdgar
MotherÆlfthryth
ReligionRoman Catholicism

His nickname "Unready" means "Unread" which was a nickname for "Poor Counciled" or "Bad Adviced" when as a young boy, he asked for opinions when he was given poor advice.

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Preceded by
Edward the Martyr
King of England
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Succeeded by
Sweyn
Preceded by
Sweyn
King of England
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Succeeded by
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