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Aethelred II: King of the English, 978-1016

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Too often dismissed as the unready king—unprepared, ill-advised, and incapable of dealing with the military and political crises that faced the Anglo-Saxon kingdom, not least of which were a series of Viking onslaughts—King Aethelred has gone down in history as an incompetent failure. This new biography redresses the indictment, placing Aethelred into his proper historica

Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 28th 2002 by Tempus (first published November 2002)
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Dec 12, 2014 Geoff rated it liked it
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Ryan Lavelle has made a bold attempt to rectify the historical assessment of AEthelred II. I say attempt because, while undoubtedly there are two sides to every story, Lavelle has failed to convince me to revise my opinion of that assessment.

Lavelle is meticulous in constructing the historical context – the nature of kingship and the state in late C10/early C11 Anglo-Saxon England and adding in the known details of AEthelred II’s life and reign. I was totally unaware of an essentially positive
Dec 12, 2013 Katelyn rated it it was amazing
Was using this as a resource to write about Edward the Martyr, so it was actually really fascinating reading about him from a different perspective. This is a great, succinct book that presented every side of the argument concerning Aethelred as king, and led me to some helpful primary resources as well. My only complaint would be one resource I needed that had been miscited in the notes section.
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