Ethelred II

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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.

Ethelred II


Æthelred II

(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)

Eth•el•red II

(ˈɛθ əlˌrɛd)
( “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.
She unpacks AElfric's explanation of the term "underking" in homily I as praise for a policy of delegating authority by the king, a policy which was practiced by AElfric's idea of a model king, Edgar, but was not sufficiently practiced by the king of the time, AEthelred Unraed.