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Æthelred the Unready : the ill-counselled king

Author: Ann Williams
Publisher: London ; New York : Hambledon and London : Distributed in the United States and Canada exclusively by Palgrave Macillan, 2003.
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"AEthelred became king of England in 978, following the murder of his brother Edward the Martyr (possibly at the instigation of his mother) at Corfe. On his own death in April 1016, his son Edmund Ironside succeeded him and fought the invading Danes bravely, but died in November of the same year after being defeated at the battle of Assandun, leading to the House of Wessex being replaced by a Danish king, Cnut.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Williams, Ann, 1937-
Æthelred the Unready.
London ; New York : Hambledon and London : distributed in the United States and Canada exclusively by Palgrave Macillan, 2003
(OCoLC)607038518
Named Person: Ethelred, King of England; Ethelred, King of England; König II ) Ethelred (England
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Williams
ISBN: 1852853824 9781852853822
OCLC Number: 51780838
Description: xix, 263 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The gap of Corfe --
The old guard and the young king --
The great terror --
A change of direction --
The immense raiding-army --
A crisis surmounted --
Dissent and disaster --
Appendix: A note on 'Danegeld.'
Other Titles: Ethelred the Unready
Responsibility: Ann Williams.
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"AEthelred became king of England in 978, following the murder of his brother Edward the Martyr (possibly at the instigation of his mother) at Corfe. On his own death in April 1016, his son Edmund Ironside succeeded him and fought the invading Danes bravely, but died in November of the same year after being defeated at the battle of Assandun, leading to the House of Wessex being replaced by a Danish king, Cnut. AEthelred, in constrast to his predecessor and successor, reigned (except for a few weeks in 1013/14) largely unchallenged for thirty-eight years, despite presiding over a period which saw many Danish invasions and much internal strife. If not a great king, he was certainly a survivor whose posthumous reputation and nickname (meaning 'Noble Council the No Council') do him little justice. In AEthelred the Unready Ann Williams, discounts the later rumours and misinterpretations that have dogged his reputation to construct a record of his reign from contemporary sources."--Jacket.

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