Cultural depictions of aethelred the unready notes edit different spellings of this kings name most commonly found in modern texts are ethelred and aethelred or aethelred the latter being closer to the original old english form aeelraed . Ethelred the unready also spelled aethelred also called ethelred ii or aethelred unraed born 968 died april 23 1016 london england king of the english from 978 to 1013 and from 1014 to 1016 he was an ineffectual ruler who failed to prevent the danes from overrunning england. 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 the best way of doing things was other websites family tree of ethelred the unready documentary the making of england aethelred the unready. Aethelred the unready or aethelred ii c 968 23 april 1016 was king of england 978 1013 and 1014 1016 he was the son of king edgar and queen aelfthryth and was only about ten years old no more than thirteen when his half brother edward was murdered. Aethelred ii also dubbed the unready was king of saxon england during 978 1013 and 1014 1016 under his father kind edgar england had experienced a period of peace after the reconquest of the danelaw in the mid 10th century
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