Athelread II

Athelread II

b: ABT 968
d: 23 APR 1016
From the Encylopaedia Britannica, Ethelred II:

also spelled Aethelred, byname Ethelred The Unready, or Aethelred Unraed b. 968?
d. April 23, 1016, London
King of the English from 978 to 1013 and from 1014 to 1016. He was an ineffectual ruler who failed to prevent the Danes from overrunning England. The epithet "unready" is derived from unraed, meaning "evil counsel."

The son of King Edgar (ruled 959-975), Ethelred ascended the throne upon the assassination of his half brother King Edward the Martyr in March 978. Widespread suspicion that Ethelred may have had a part in the murder created much of the distrust and disloyalty that undermined his authority. Hence, there was no unified defense when the Danish invasions resumed in 980.

Nearly all of the country was ravaged, and Ethelred's efforts to buy peace only made the invaders more rapacious. When they did begin to settle down in towns, Ethelred provoked further invasions by launching a massacre of Danish settlers (Nov. 13, 1002). By the end of 1013 the Danish king Sweyn I had been accepted as king in England, and Ethelred had fled to Normandy.

After Sweyn died in February 1014, Ethelred's council of advisers invited him to return to the throne on condition that he agree to satisfy their grievances. At the time of Ethelred's death in 1016, Sweyn's son Canute was ravaging England. Ethelred was succeeded by his son Edmund II Ironside (ruled 1016); one of his other sons ruled England as Edward the Confessor from 1042 to 1066.
Son of Edgar. Reigned 978-1013, 1014-1016
Biography
From the Encylopaedia Britannica, Ethelred II:

also spelled Aethelred, byname Ethelred The Unready, or Aethelred Unraed b. 968?
d. April 23, 1016, London
King of the English from 978 to 1013 and from 1014 to 1016. He was an ineffectual ruler who failed to prevent the Danes from overrunning England. The epithet "unready" is derived from unraed, meaning "evil counsel."

The son of King Edgar (ruled 959-975), Ethelred ascended the throne upon the assassination of his half brother King Edward the Martyr in March 978. Widespread suspicion that Ethelred may have had a part in the murder created much of the distrust and disloyalty that undermined his authority. Hence, there was no unified defense when the Danish invasions resumed in 980.

Nearly all of the country was ravaged, and Ethelred's efforts to buy peace only made the invaders more rapacious. When they did begin to settle down in towns, Ethelred provoked further invasions by launching a massacre of Danish settlers (Nov. 13, 1002). By the end of 1013 the Danish king Sweyn I had been accepted as king in England, and Ethelred had fled to Normandy.

After Sweyn died in February 1014, Ethelred's council of advisers invited him to return to the throne on condition that he agree to satisfy their grievances. At the time of Ethelred's death in 1016, Sweyn's son Canute was ravaging England. Ethelred was succeeded by his son Edmund II Ironside (ruled 1016); one of his other sons ruled England as Edward the Confessor from 1042 to 1066. Son of Edgar. Reigned 978-1013, 1014-1016
Facts
  • ABT 968 - Birth -
  • 23 APR 1016 - Death - ; London
  • 979 - Fact -
  • Occupation - King of England
Ancestors
   
Edmund
921 - 26 MAY 946
 
 
Edgar King
ABT 943 - 8 JUL 975
  
  
  
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Athelread II
ABT 968 - 23 APR 1016
  
 
  
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Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Edgar King
BirthABT 943
Death8 JUL 975
Marriageto ?
FatherEdmund
Mother?
PARENT (U) ?
Birth
Death
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
MAthelread II
BirthABT 968
Death23 APR 1016London
Marriageto Aelfgifu Queen
Marriage1002to Emma
MEdward the Martyr
BirthABT 963
Death18 MAR 978Corfe, Dorset, when visiting his half-brother Ethelred
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Athelread II
BirthABT 968
Death23 APR 1016 London
Marriageto Aelfgifu Queen
Marriage1002to Emma
FatherEdgar King
Mother?
PARENT (F) Aelfgifu Queen
Birth
Death
Marriageto Athelread II
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
MEdmund II King
BirthABT 993
Death30 NOV 1016
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Athelread II
BirthABT 968
Death23 APR 1016 London
Marriageto Aelfgifu Queen
Marriage1002to Emma
FatherEdgar King
Mother?
PARENT (F) Emma
Birth
Death
Marriage1002to Athelread II
Marriage1017to Canute King
FatherRichard I
MotherGunnor
CHILDREN
FGoda
BirthABT 1011
Death
Marriageto Walter de Maunt
MEdward King
Birth1003Islip, England
Death5 JAN 1066London
Marriageto Edith
MAlfred
Birth
Death1036
Evidence
[S21908] 'Burke's Peerage and Baronetage 8th Edition' 1846
[S22114] 'Encyclopaedia Britannica'
Descendancy Chart
Athelread II b: ABT 968 d: 23 APR 1016
Edmund II King b: ABT 993 d: 30 NOV 1016
Emma
Goda b: ABT 1011
Ralph de Maunt d: 21 DEC 1057
Goda
Maud
John de Sudely d: 1165
William de Tracy , Sir b: ABT 1143
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Ralph de Sudely b: 1142
Otwell de Sudely d: ABT 1195
Edward King b: 1003 d: 5 JAN 1066
Edith d: 1075
Alfred d: 1036