King of the English
By (author) Ryan Lavelle
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Aethelred II by Ryan Lavelle
Book DescriptionToo often dismissed as the unready king - unprepared, ill-advised, and incapable of dealing with the military and political crises that faced the Anglo-Saxon kingdom, not least of which were a series of Viking onslaughts - King Aethelred has gone down in history as an incompetent failure. This new biography redresses the indictment, placing Aethelred into his proper historical context. Central to the study is the authoritarian manner in which the king ran the English kingdom for much of his reign. King Aethelred is shown to have made effective use of the infamous Danegel and to have demonstrated royal power on a number of occasions with devastating results. While there were mishaps, disasters, and family intrigue, Aethelred managed to come through these crises until the final Danish invasion of 1013. Illustrated and including original reconstruction paintings, this study gives an insight into the turbulent politics of a 38-year reign and addresses the manner in which King Aethelred used his authority as a medieval English monarch.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780752446783
(198mm x 125mm x 10mm)
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ryan Lavelle
Alfred's Wars: Sources and Interpretations of Anglo-Saxon Warfare in the Viking Age, Paperback (July 2012)
Collection of source material and crucial interpretations, offering a comprehensive guide to Anglo-Saxon warfare.
Fortifications in Wessex c. 800-1016, Paperback (October 2003)» View all books by Ryan Lavelle
The defence of the 9th-century kingdom of Wessex under King Alfred the Great against the "Great Viking Army" is one of the major military achievements of early medieval history. This work traces the development, construction and impact of fortifications from the 9th to 11th centuries AD.
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