An Introduction to Aethelred the Unready

Podcasted history: The Anglo-Saxons

By Professor Katy Cubitt, published 30th November 2018

Doomed from the start?

In this podcast, Katy Cubitt, Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, looks at the life, significance and long reign of Aethelred the Unready. Aethelred’s reign began following the murder of his brother, endured decades of Viking raids and ended with the arrival of King Cnut the Great.

1. Introduction to Aethelred
2. Sources for Aethelred
3. Youthful period: 978-984
4. Independence and transgression 984-993
5. Maturity 994-1005
6. 1005 - 1016 Trauma and Invasion
7. Conclusion

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