Ethelred the Unready

  1. king of the English who succeeded to the throne after his half-brother Edward the Martyr was murdered; he struggled unsuccessfully against the invading Danes (969-1016)
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  • After the death of Ethelred the Unready in 1016, the throne of England passed to Canute.
  • He was known as Ethelred the Unready - not because of a lack of military preparation but because he was uncounselled or "unread". BBC News - Home
  • The monarch, better known as Aethelred the Unready due to his difficult reign, was known for using bands of Scandinavian mercenaries to carry out his bidding. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph
  • His attempts to buy off Viking invaders gave him the name, Ethelred the Unready.
  • Harlow's Robert Halfon called Labour's approach "more Ethelred the Unready than Nixon in China" ? one of the day's more enigmatic remarks. Sketch: What if the bankers were on benefits?
  • My town, despite having been a centre for farmers and farming since just after Ethelred the Unready, has seen its show descend to an unsteady High Street parade of dodgy floats from offcumdens and the ghastly "carnival" run by the mafia and a Frank Warren wannabee (to judge by the number of fights). Show Sunday
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