Æthelred II "the Unrede", King of England

Male 968 - 1016  (48 years)


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  • Name Æthelred II  
    Born 968  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 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 became the King of England. [1, 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.
    Reign From 979 to 1016  [1
    Died 23 Apr 1016  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Buried St.Paul's Cathedral, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [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,   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 22 Sep 2020 

    Father Edgar "the Peaceful", King of England,   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  [1
    Married 985  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Age at Marriage He 17 years - She 17 years 
    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,   b. 988 to 996, 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 28 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)  [1
    Married 5 Apr 1002  [1, 5, 6, 8
    Age at Marriage He 34 years - She 16 years 
    Children 
     1. Edward "the Confessor", King of England ,   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. Godgifu,   b. Abt 1010,   d. 1049  (Age ~ 39 years)
    Last Modified 1 Sep 2020 
    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. [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), Secondary Source.

    2. [S1851] Wolf, Armin. "Who was Agatha, the Ancestress of Scottish and English Kings?", (Vowchurch, UK: Foundations: Journal of the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, 2011), Secondary Source.

    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), Secondary Source.

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

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

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

    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), Secondary Source.



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