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Ethelred the Unready

King of England

Ethelred II (c. 968 – April 23 1016) was also known as Ethelred the Unready. He was King of England twice. The first time was from 978 to 1013, and the second time was 1014 to 1016. He was the son of Edgar, and Aelfthryth. For most of his reign he had to fight off Viking invaders.

Ethelred the Unready
King of England (more...)
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Reign18 March, 978 – 23 April 1016
PredecessorEdward the Martyr (978)
Sweyn (1014)
SuccessorSweyn (1013)
Edmund Ironside (1016)
Born966-68
Wessex
Died(1016-04-23)23 April 1016
London
Burial
SpouseÆlfgifu
Emma
IssueAethelstan Aetheling
Edmund Ironside
Ecgberht Ætheling
Edred Aetheling
Eadgyth
Ælfgifu
Eadwig Aetheling
Eadgar Aetheling the Elder
Edward the Confessor
Alfred Aetheling
Goda
FatherEdgar
MotherÆlfthryth

The word unready in his name means "badly advised". When, as a young person, he asked for opinions he was given poor advice.

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