Æthelred II "the Unrede", King of England (0979-1016)[1, 2, 3]

Male 968 - 1016  (48 years)


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  • Born 968  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5
    History birth to death 
    • The name Æthelred means "noble council", but a cynical 13th century pun suggested his name should have been "evil council" or "unrede" because he said to have participated in a plot to murder his half brother St. Edward the Martyr. However, he was only about 10 years old at the time, and it is difficult to imagine how a child could have been a participant in such a heinous crime. Regardless, Æthelred's name "the Unrede" stuck. The name "the Unready" was coined centuries later and is mistaken.
    • On 14 April 979, he was crowned King of England. [2]
    • Æthelred may have married to Ælthelgife, a daughter of Egbert who is not shown in all genealogies.
    • In 1013, he was temporarily deposed by King Sweyn Forkbeard of Denmark, who was never actually crowned King of England. When Sweyn died on February 3, 1014, the Witan recalled Æthelred who then reigned until his death.
    Died 23 Apr 1016  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Buried St.Paul's Cathedral, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • When St. Paul's was destroyed by the Great London Fire in 1666, and rebuilt, his tomb was lost. [5]
    Siblings 1 sibling 
     1. Edmund,   b. 965, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 970, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)
    +2. Æthelred II "the Unrede", King of England (0979-1016),   b. 968, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1016, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     
    Person ID I2836  | Roy Line, Boudreau Line
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2019 

    Father Edgar "the Peaceful", King of England (0959-0975),   b. 943, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 975, Winchester, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years) 
    Mother Ælfthryth,   b. 945, Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1000, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 965  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2228  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ælfgifu,   b. Abt 968, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Married 985  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Children 
     1. Athelstan,   b. Abt 986, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1015  (Age ~ 29 years)
     2. Ecgbert,   d. 1005, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Edmund "Ironside", King of England (1016-1016),   b. 989, Wessex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1016, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     4. Edred,   d. Abt 1012
     5. Edwy,   d. 1017
     6. Edward,   d. Before 1004
     7. Edith
     8. Alfgifu,   b. Abt 997
     9. Wulfhilda
     10. daughter
     11. daughter, Abbess of Wherwell,   d. After 1051, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Edric
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F2224  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Emma of Normandy,   b. Abt 986,   d. 14 Mar 1052  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Married 5 Apr 1002  [2, 5, 6, 8
    Children 
     1. Edward "the Confessor", King of England (1042-1066),   b. Abt 1005,   d. 1066, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
     2. Alfred,   d. 5 Feb 1037, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Godgifu, Princess of England,   b. Abt 1009, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1055  (Age ~ 46 years)
     4. Goda,   d. 1049
    Last Modified 3 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F2227  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 968 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 985 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Apr 1016 - London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - St.Paul's Cathedral, London, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S2002] ------------- Secondary Sources -------------.

    2. [S59] Weis, Frederick Lewis. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 Fifth Edition, (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1982).

    3. [S2000] ------------- Sources Below not Reviewed -------------.

    4. [S60] Stuart, Roderick W. Royalty for Commoners, The Complete Known Lineage of John of Gaunt, Son of Edward III, King of England, and Queen Philippa Fourth Edition, (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2002).

    5. [S65] Sewell, Robert James. Sewell: A History of the Sewell Family from the Earliest Times, (unknown: manuscript, March 2008).

    6. [S309] Fraser, Antonia. The Lives of the Kings & Queens of England, (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1975).

    7. [S11] Burke, Bernard. A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire , (London: Harrision, 1866).

    8. [S1461] Burke, John and John Bernard Burke. The Royal Families of England, Scotland and Wales with their Descendants, Sovereigns and Subjects , (London: E. Churton, 1848).



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