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Ethelred II King of England, [The Unready]

Ethelred II King of England, [The Unready]

Male 969 - 1016  (47 years)

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  • Name Ethelred II King of England 
    Suffix [The Unready] 
    Born 969  Of Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Apr 1016  London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 23 Apr 1016  St. Paul's, London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Baptized (LDS) 21 May 1927 
    Endowed (LDS) 30 Aug 1928 
    Notes 
    • !Colonial and Revolutionary Lineages of America (973 D2ah) Vol. 2 Anglo-Saxon King of England from 978-1016. The fact that he was called "the Unready" does not imply that
      he lacked energy or resource, but is a corruption of the Old English unraed, "bad Councel", which is in reference to his misfortunes, or that he lacked counsel. Indeed, throughout
      his reign he displayed considerable vigor but it was generally misdirected.
      For he was impulsive, passionate, cruel, apt to lean on favorites and guided by motives of temporary expediency. Ethelred's reign was marked by bitter military struggles. A worthless favorite, named Aethelsine, appears to have exercised considerable influence over the young King and to have led him to commit and to sanction many acts of oppression. After negotiating a treaty with Richard II, duke of Normandy (d. 1026), Ethelred married Richard's sister Emma (d. 1052). This marriage provided the basis for the subsequent Norman claim to the English throne. Although Ethelred paid tribute to the plundering Danes, Sweyn I (the Forkbeard), King of Denmark, invaded England in 1013 and proclaimed himself king. The invasion of the Danes became more pronounced during Aethelred's reign, and he was oblige to bribe the Danes. In 1014 Ethelred fled to Normandy but returned a few months later upon Sweyn's death. Sweyn's son and successor, Canute II, invaded the country a year later and, following Ethelred's death, became king of England. Aethelred also required that each shire in England should contribute to the fleet of the realm for the purpose of holding off the invaders. This act established a precedent among the English Kings.
    Person ID I4276  Lythgoe-Donaldson
    Last Modified 5 Oct 1999 

    Father Edgar King of England, [The Peacable],   b. 944, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 975, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Mother Ethelfleda Queen of England,   b. Abt 945, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1000  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Married 964 
    Sealed P (LDS) 19 May 1954 
    Family ID F1764  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Alfgifu (Aelflaed) GUNNARSSON, [Queen/England],   b. Abt 968, Of Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 985  Of Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Sealed S (LDS) 9 Jun 1933 
    Children 
     1. Athelstan Prince of England,   b. Abt 986, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1016, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years)
     2. Egbert Prince of England,   b. Abt 987, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1005, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 18 years)
     3. Edred Prince of England,   b. Abt 990, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Edwig Prince of England,   b. Abt 991, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1017, (slain by Cnut), , , England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years)
     5. Edward Prince of England,   b. Abt 992, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Edgar, Prince of England,   b. Abt 994, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Edith Princess of England,   b. Abt 995, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +8. Edmund II King of England, "Ironside",   b. 996, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1016, assasinated in, London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
    +9. Elfgifu Princess of England,   b. Abt 997, of, Wessex, , England Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Wulfhild Princess of England,   b. Abt 998, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Mrs.Athelstan, [Queen/Ringmere],   b. Abt 1000, Of Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Miss Ethelred, [Abbess],   b. Abt 1001, of, Wherewell, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F1862  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Emma Queen of England,   b. Abt 982, , , 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 ~ 70 years) 
    Married 1002  of Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Sealed S (LDS) 15 May 1933 
    Children 
     1. Edward III King of England, [The Confessor],   b. Abt 1004, , Islip, Oxford, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1066, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years)
     2. Alfred Prince of England,   b. Abt 1002/1006, Wessex, Eng Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1036, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years)
     3. Goda (Godgifu) Princess of England,   b. Abt 1017, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1055, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 38 years)
    Family ID F1950  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart