Æthelred the Unready

968 - 1016

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Æthelred (Old English: Æþelræd, pronounced [ˈæðelræːd]; c. 966 – 23 April 1016), known as the Unready, was King of the English from 978 to 1013 and again from 1014 until his death. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Æthelred the Unready has received more than 3,035,695 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Æthelred the Unready is the 1,546th most popular politician (up from 1,626th in 2019), the 390th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 374th in 2019) and the 69th most popular British Politician.

Aethelred the Unready was King of England from 978 to 1016. He is most famous for his defeat by the Danish King Sweyn Forkbeard at the Battle of Maldon in 991, which led to Sweyn's conquest of England.

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Among politicians, Æthelred the Unready ranks 1,546 out of 15,710Before him are Yolande de Polastron, Constantine VI, Felix Yusupov, Möngke Khan, Nancy Pelosi, and Tiberius II Constantine. After him are Henry II of Navarre, Emperor Ninkō, Ahmad Sanjar, Josef Kramer, Emperor Kōkaku, and Lajos Kossuth.

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Among people born in 968, Æthelred the Unready ranks 2Before him is Romanos III Argyros. After him are Sigrid the Haughty, Emperor Zhenzong, and Leofric, Earl of Mercia. Among people deceased in 1016, Æthelred the Unready ranks 1After him are Edmund Ironside, Jovan Vladimir, Sulayman ibn al-Hakam, and Sweyn Haakonsson.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Æthelred the Unready ranks 390 out of 6,924Before him are Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales (1453), Bartholomew Roberts (1682), Richard Owen (1804), Thomas Young (1773), Arthur Harden (1865), and Robert Falcon Scott (1868). After him are Bobby Charlton (1937), Richard Wright (1943), William Laud (1573), Philip Larkin (1922), Henry Hudson (1570), and Francis William Aston (1877).

Among POLITICIANS In United Kingdom

Among politicians born in United Kingdom, Æthelred the Unready ranks 69Before him are Theresa May (1956), Halford Mackinder (1861), Alec Douglas-Home (1903), Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York (1411), Edmund I (921), and Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales (1453). After him are Æthelred I, King of Wessex (837), James I of Scotland (1394), Tony Blair (1953), James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell (1534), Robert II of Scotland (1316), and James IV of Scotland (1473).