- n. king of Wessex and Kent and elder brother of Alfred; Alfred joined Ethelred's battle against the invading Danes and succeeded him on his death (died in 871)
- n. king of the English who succeeded to the throne after his half-brother Edward the Martyr was murdered; he struggled unsuccessfully against the invading Danes (969-1016)
“Soon enough Ethelred is tangled up in a real life mystery of his own as his ex-wife disappears (can you blame her?) and there follows a very entertaining and funny book as everything is untangled and revealed.”
“Gunnlaug had the sword Ethelred's-gift, and that was the best of weapons.”
“He was known as Ethelred the Unready - not because of a lack of military preparation but because he was uncounselled or "unread".”
“I hold out the can to Ethelred the Cheap, a guy who's been banned from Ye Olde Friars Club for always deducting the assize from his bill before computing his tip.”
“Ethelred smiles a dung-eating grin, then removes a lousy French sou from his purse and drops it ceremoniously into my cup, as if he wants a freaking jousting field named after him for his piddling contribution.”
“Thanks, Tim, for the kind comments about the Herring Seller Ethelred and Elsie series.”
“Harlow's Robert Halfon called Labour's approach "more Ethelred the Unready than Nixon in China" ? one of the day's more enigmatic remarks.”
“My town, despite having been a centre for farmers and farming since just after Ethelred the Unready, has seen its show descend to an unsteady High Street parade of dodgy floats from offcumdens and the ghastly "carnival" run by the mafia and a Frank Warren wannabee (to judge by the number of fights).”
“What worries me is that he will turn out to be our version of Ethelred the Unready, with Iran in the role of the Danes.”
“Elsie hates writers and she hates literature so things are not going full steam ahead for poor old Ethelred, in fact I can't resist it, they are very unready ... sorry, it had to be done and out of the way early on.”
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