Aethelred, the son of
Edgar the Peaceful and Elfrida of Devon,
was born in about 968
Aethelred succeeded to the throne at the age of ten following
his half-brother, Edward, at Corfe Castle
in 978. His nickname refers to the belief that he did not have a reputable
policy rather than that he was unprepared.
He died April 13 1016 in London and was buried in the old St Paul's Cathedral. He was succeeded by his son, Edmund Ironside.
On July 2 1017 his wife, Emma, married Canute, who subsequently claimed the English throne. She died at Winchester in 1052 and was buried in the Old Minster.