- Unready for Rule? King Æthelred and the Vikings Revisited
- King’s Manor
- Saturday 20 October
Few kings are as synonymous with failure as Æthelred ‘the Unready’. Hounded by Vikings and plagued by indecision, his reign seems to mark the beginning of the end of Anglo-Saxon England. In this talk, Levi will challenge this view, arguing that Æthelred was not as unsuccessful nor as ill-advised as is generally thought.
Dr Levi Roach is senior lecturer in medieval history at the University of Exeter. His most recent book Æthelred the Unready has been awarded the Longman-History Today Prize and the Labarge Prize.