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Æthelred the Unready

 Portrait of Æthelred from the Abingdon Chronicle, c.1220. © British Library Board/Bridgeman Images

Æthelred the Unready was king of a divided nation that lived in fear of the ‘divine punishment’ of the Vikings. Piety and prayer became his weapons of choice. 

Simon Keynes argues that the reign of the famously incompetent king, who died in London a thousand years ago, is in need of reappraisal.