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Ethelred the Unready
King of England
Reign 18 March, 978 – 23 April 1016
Predecessor Edward the Martyr (978)
Sweyn (1014)
Successor Sweyn (1013)
Edmund Ironside (1016)
Born 966-68
Died 23 April 1016(1016-04-23)
Burial Old Saint Paul's Cathedral
Spouse Ælfgifu
Issue Aethelstan Aetheling
Edmund Ironside
Ecgberht Ætheling
Edred Aetheling
Eadwig Aetheling
Eadgar Aetheling the Elder
Edward the Confessor
Alfred Aetheling
Father Edgar
Mother Ælfthryth

Ethelred II (c. 968 – April 23 1016) was also known as Ethelred the Unready. He was King of England twice. The first time was from 978 to 1013, and the second time was 1014 to 1016. He was the son of Edgar, and Aelfthryth. For most of his reign he had to fight off Viking invaders.

The word unready in his name means "badly advised". When he asked for ideas about how to do things he was told the wrong thing. As he was only ten, he did not know what the best way of doing things was.

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