Aethelred II : King of England 978-1016, Paperback Book

Aethelred II : King of England 978-1016 Paperback

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Definitely not a book for beginners, if you don't know anything about Aethelred II than this book isn't for you. It assumes you have at least a basic knowledge of the period and then sets out to put forward the authors opinions. This is not a straight out history, it is an academics look at the Kings reign and how and why people have criticized him. The author has some interesting insights on the control of the King over England during this period and his relationships with his nobles. I don't agree with some of his opinions, but as the author points out there is much we do not know about the King and his reign, much that we must assume because the documents don't always tell us what we want to know. I read the book as a stand alone book, but for a student of Anglo-Saxon England who is reading a number of opinions I think this book would really shine. I loved the maps and photos of modern England talking about the Kings reign as well as the drawing on the backcover of a Hill fort.