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Aethelred, the Unready? To what extent does Aethelred II deserve his reputation as a failure? M. Young

Aethelred, the Unready? To what extent does Aethelred II deserve his reputation as a failure?

M. Young

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This essay examines the reign of King Aethelred II of England, known more commonly as Aethelred the Unready. Aethelred has a reputation as perhaps the worst king in English history and this work builds upon modern scholarship, such as that ofMoreThis essay examines the reign of King Aethelred II of England, known more commonly as Aethelred the Unready. Aethelred has a reputation as perhaps the worst king in English history and this work builds upon modern scholarship, such as that of Keynes and Lavelle, to examine the extent to which Aethelred is deserving of this reputation.It is perhaps worth noting that Aethelreds epithet the unready is in fact a mediaeval joke as Aethelred means well-advised and unready is a corruption of the word unraed meaning ill-advised.