1.2 Ethelred II (circa 969–1016), king of England 978–1016; known as Ethelred the Unready. Ethelred’s inability to confront the Danes after he succeeded his murdered half-brother St Edward the Martyr led to his payment of tribute to prevent their attacks. In 1013 he briefly lost his throne to the Danish king Sweyn I.
Unready, later form of obsolete unredy 'badly advised'
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