AETHELRED THE UNREADY
392pp., 21 illus., P.B. 2017. Aethelred “the Unready” (978-1016) has long been considered to be inscrutable, irrational, and poorly advised. Infamous for his domestic and international failures, Aethelred was unable to fend off successive Viking raids, leading to the notorious St. Brice’s Day Massacre in 1002, during which Danes in England were slaughtered on his orders. Roach suggests that Aethelred has been wrongly maligned.