Athelred the Unready: The Ill-Counselled King

Ann Williams


Athelred the Unready: The Ill-Counselled King

Athelred the Unready: The Ill-Counselled King

  • Title: Athelred the Unready: The Ill-Counselled King
  • Author: Ann Williams
  • ISBN: 9781852853822
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Hardcover



thelred became king of England in 978, following the murder of his brother Edward the Martyr possibly at the instigation of their 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 thelred became king of England in 978, following the murder of his brother Edward the Martyr possibly at the instigation of their 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 thelred, in constrast to his predecessor and successor, reigned except for a few months 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 thelred the Unready Ann Williams, a leading scholar on his reign, discounts the later rumours and misinterpretations that have dogged his reputation to construct a record of his reign from contemporary sources.


Recent Comments "Athelred the Unready: The Ill-Counselled King"

Williams is the second biographer to tackle Æthelred's long and complex reign. Like Lavelle and Roach, who also have written full-length biographies on the king, Williams argues that Æthelred's terrible reputation isn't entirely warranted. However, compared to the other two, her account is almost unreadable. I'm not sure I've ever seen so much jargon in one spot. Her analysis is dry and dull and she gives far too much attention to witness lists and diplomas and not enough to the more pivotal m [...]

Pretty good account of a much maligned king.

Not as readable as I would have liked


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