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Levi Roach

 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. 

Woodcut of Henry IV from the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493. Copyright aka-images

Looking beyond the usual rogues’ gallery of historical figures can help us to better understand the past.