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Ethelred the Unready, King of England 979-1013,1014-16

Ethelred the Unready, King of England 979-1013,1014-16

Male Abt 966 - 1016  (~ 50 years)

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  • Name Ethelred the Unready  
    Suffix King of England 979-1013,1014-16 
    Known as Æthelred II 
    Born Abt 966  Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Apr 1016  Islington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Old St Paul's Cathedral, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethelred_the_Unready
      http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/193946/Ethelred-II
    • Ethelred, the younger son of Edgar, became king at the age of seven following the murder of his half-brother Edward II in 978 at Corfe Castle, Dorset, by Edward's own supporters.

      For the rest of Ethelred's rule (reigned 978-1016), his brother became a posthumous rallying point for political unrest; a hostile Church transformed Edward into a royal martyr. Known as the Un-raed or 'Unready' (meaning 'no counsel', or that he was unwise), Ethelred failed to win or retain the allegiance of many of his subjects. In 1002, he ordered the massacre of all Danes in England to eliminate potential treachery.

      Not being an able soldier, Ethelred defended the country against increasingly rapacious Viking raids from the 980s onwards by diplomatic alliance with the duke of Normandy in 991 (he later married the duke's daughter Emma) and by buying off renewed attacks by the Danes with money levied through a tax called the Danegeld. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 1006 was dismissive: 'in spite of it all, the Danish army went about as it pleased'. By 1012, 48,000 pounds of silver was being paid in Danegeld to Danes camped in London.
       
      In 1013, Ethelred fled to Normandy when the powerful Viking Sweyn of Denmark dispossessed him. Ethelred returned to rule after Sweyn's death in 1014, but died himself in 1016.
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    Person ID I2704  Roy~Royes | Hougham
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2013 

    Father Edgar the Peaceable, King of England 959-975
              b. 944, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 8 Jul 975, Winchester, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Mother Aelfthryth
              b. Abt 945, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 17 Nov 1000, Wherwell, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Family ID F998  Family Group  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elgiva Elfreda
              b. Abt 963
              d. 1002  (Age ~ 39 years) 
    Children 
    +1. Edmund, Ironside, King of England 1016
              b. Abt 989, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 30 Nov 1016, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 27 years)
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2014 02:30:18 
    Family ID F996  Family Group  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Emma of Normandy
              b. 984, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Mar 1052, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married Jul 1002  Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Edward the Confessor, King of England
              b. Abt 1003, Islip, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 5 Jan 1066, Islington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
    +2. Goda (Godgifu), Countess Vexin
              b. Abt 1004, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1055  (Age ~ 51 years)
     3. Alfred
              b. 1013, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 5 Feb 1037  (Age 24 years)
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2014 02:30:18 
    Family ID F997  Family Group  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 966 - Wessex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Jul 1002 - Wessex, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Apr 1016 - Islington, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Old St Paul's Cathedral, London, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S54] Official web site of the British Monarchy, Page32.