Ethelred the Unready

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Ethelred the Unready
King of England (more...)
Reign 18 March, 978 – 23 April 1016
Predecessor Edward the Martyr (978)
Sweyn (1014)
Successor Sweyn (1013)
Edmund Ironside (1016)
Spouse Ælfgifu
Emma
Issue
Aethelstan Aetheling
Edmund Ironside
Ecgberht Ætheling
Edred Aetheling
Eadgyth
Ælfgifu
Eadwig Aetheling
Eadgar Aetheling the Elder
Edward the Confessor
Alfred Aetheling
Goda
Father Edgar
Mother Ælfthryth
Born 966-68
Wessex
Died 23 April 1016
London
Burial Old Saint Paul's Cathedral

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.

The word unready in his name means "badly advised". When he asked for ideas about how to do things he was told the wrong thing. As he was only ten, he did not know what was the best way of doing things.

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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
Edmund II