Aethelred II: King of the English, 978-1016
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
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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 ...more