Æthelred II 'the Unready' King of England

Male Abt 967 - 1016  (~ 49 years)


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  • Name , Æthelred II 'the Unready' 
    Suffix King of England 
    Born Abt 967 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Apr 1016  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7470  GrangerMusgrave
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2016 

    Father Eadgar King of England,   b. 942,   d. 8 Jul 975  (Age 33 years) 
    Mother Ælfthryth,   b. 945, Lydford Castle Devon England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1002, Wherwell Abbey Hampshire England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Family ID F6716  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 de Normandie, Emma,   b. 987, Normandy France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1052, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 5 Apr 1002  Winchester Cathedral Hampshire England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2016 10:52:12 
    Family ID F5363  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ælgifu,   b. 963,   d. Feb 1002  (Age 39 years) 
    Married Abt 982 
    Children 
     1. Edmund II ‘Ironside’ King of England,   b. Abt 990,   d. 30 Nov 1016, Oxford Oxfordshire England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years)
     2. Ælfgifu,   b. 991
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2016 10:52:12 
    Family ID F5374  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Æthelred II

  • Notes 
    • Æthelred II 'the Unready' King of England succeeded to the title of King Æthelred II of England on 18 March 978.
      He was crowned King of England on 4 April 978 at Kingston-upon-Thames London England.
      He abdicated as King of England in 1013.
      He succeeded to the title of King Æthelred II of England on 3 February 1014.
      Ethelred was the son of King Edgar and began to reign when only 11 years old. He was a weakling totally unable to withstand the Danish onslaught that re-started on his accession. He continually attempted to buy off the Danes - Danegeld - as when he lost the Battle of Maldon in 991. In a state of near panic he ordered the slaughter of all Danes whether peaceful settlers or not and this foul deed was put in hand on St. Brices Day 13 Nov 1002. Among the victims was the sister of Sweyn King of Denmark. The Norsemen were furious and ravaged the country from Cornwall to Kent and from South Wales to East Anglia. By 1013 Sweyn who was accompanied by his son Canute was proclaimed King but he died soon afterwards. Ethelred fled to Normandy when Sweyn's rule prevailed and then on Sweyn's death he returned but the English lords placed severe restrictions on him. The Danes led by Canute returned in 1015 and landing at Poole they crossed the Thames at Cricklade.


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