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Eth·el·red II

also Aeth·el·red II  (ĕth′əl-rĕd′) Known as "Ethelred the Unready." 968?-1016.
King of England (978-1016) whose reign was a series of ultimately unsuccessful struggles against Danish invasion.
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Ethelred II

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Æthelred II

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(Biography) known as Ethelred the Unready. ?968–1016 ad, king of England (978–1016). He was temporarily deposed by the Danish king Sweyn (1013) but was recalled on Sweyn's death (1014)
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Eth•el•red II

(ˈɛθ əlˌrɛd)
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( “the Unready” ) A.D. 968?–1016, king of the English 978–1016.
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Noun1.Ethelred II - king of the English who succeeded to the throne after his half-brother Edward the Martyr was murdered; he struggled unsuccessfully against the invading Danes (969-1016)
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In fact, as Bueno Alonso sensibly remarks, Anglo-Saxon England declined later, during the reign of AEthelred unraed ('ill-advised') (978-1016), when a succession of violent Viking raids and the state necessity of buying them off unchained economic and political instability which was to last until the Norman conquest.