Ethelred the Unready

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Noun1.Ethelred the Unready - 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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Coun Nick Cott, the Lib Dems' deputy leader, said on Monday evening: "It seems Theresa May is vying with Neville Chamberlain and Ethelred the Unready for being the worst leader this country has ever had.
But he was glad he did when he stumbled across the valuable collection, dating back to the reign of Ethelred the Unready in the 990s.
Blair simply pointed out that the King of England in 997AD was none other than Ethelred the Unready!
The Anglo-Saxon hoard includes coins from the reigns of kings Ethelred the Unready (978-1013 and 1014-1016) and Canute the Great (1016-1035).
The 5251 coins, many from the reigns of Ethelred the Unready (978-1016 AD) and King Canute (1016-1035 AD), were in a lead box buried 2ft underground.
Now, renewed Viking raids threatened the independence of England, ruled as it was by a weak king, Ethelred the Unready. But if he was prepared to pay o the invaders with Danegeld, his people were not so feeble, as was shown by the men of Essex.
So fierce were these pagan Norsemen and so utterly destructive in their murder, mayhem, pillage, and plunder that King Ethelred the Unready, a weak and irresolute monarch, decided to buy them off rather than fight them.
Ethelred the Unready was one of the seven Saxon kings reputedly crowned here.
Archaeologists analysing wound marks on the bones believe they date from 1002 AD when King Ethelred the Unready ordered a massacre of all Danes (Vikings) in England.
His very name recalls Ethelred the Unready, the ineffective king who ruled Britain when it was invaded by the Danes in 980 ("Ethelred").