Ethelred II

Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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)
References in periodicals archive ?
Sturtevant's early work is exemplified by Ethelred II, 1961 a large white painting adorned with a brutally flayed readymade tube of paint, the contents of which are (neatly) strewn across the canvas.
What nickname was given to King Ethelred II, who died in 1016?
This was meant to represent the massacre of the Danes by King Ethelred II in 1002, although some scholars believe that the play had its beginnings in hocking, a still older custom of the folk festivals.