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Aethelred the Unready

The Essay, Anglo-Saxon Portraits Episode 27 of 30

Duration:
15 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 16 April 2013

The Anglo Saxons are somewhat out of fashion, yet the half millennium between the creation of the English nation in around 550 and the Norman Conquest in 1066 was a formative one.
This major series rediscovers the Anglo-Saxons through vivid portraits of thirty key individuals.

Aethelred's name is a combination of the Old English word aethel, meaning 'noble, excellent', and raed, meaning 'advice, counsel'. Simon Keynes probes the life of this Anglo-Saxon monarch who ruled over one of the most turbulent times of English history.

Producer: Sarah Taylor

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