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Aethelred the Unready: The Ill-Counselled King

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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 contrast 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.

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Author(s):
Ann Williams
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2003
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1852853824
ISBN-13:
9781852853822
Number of pages:
263
Publisher:
Hambledon and London
Title:
Aethelred the Unready: The Ill-Counselled King

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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 contrast 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.

Author(s):
Ann Williams
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2003
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1852853824
ISBN-13:
9781852853822
Number of pages:
263
Publisher:
Hambledon and London
Title:
Aethelred the Unready: The Ill-Counselled King

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