|Ruled:||March 18, 978-December 25, 1013
and February 2, 1014-April 23, 1016
|Predecessor:||Edward the Martyr|
|Date of Birth:||968|
|Place of Birth:||Wessex|
|Wives:||Elgiva and Emma|
|Buried:||Old Saint Paul's Cathedral|
|Date of Death:||April 23, 1016|
|Parents:||Edgar and Elfrida|
Ethelred succeeded to the throne aged 10 following the death of his father King Edgar and subsequent murder of his half-brother Edward the Martyr. His nickname "The Unready" does not mean that he was ill-prepared, but derives from the Anglo-Saxon unrĉd meaning without counsel. This is also a pun on his name, the Anglo-Saxon form of his name, Ĉŝelred, which means "Well advised".
Ethelred had at least sixteen children from two marriages, the second of these, in 1002, being to Emma of Normandy, whose great-nephew, William I of England, would later use this relationship as the basis of his claim on the throne.
In 1013, Ethelred fled to Normandy, seeking protection by his brother-in-law, Robert of Normandy, when England was over-run by Svein Haraldsson of Denmark and his forces. He returned in February, 1014, following the death of Svein Haraldsson. Ethelred died on April 23, 1016, in London, where he was buried. He was succeeded by his son, Edmund II of England.
Edward the Martyr
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