"Not since Ethelred, he said, the one who was called Unready"
Æthelred the Unready
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Æthelred II (c.968-1016), who has become known as Æthelred the Unready, was King of England between 976 and 1016, except for a brief period when he was overthrown by King Sweyn of Denmark.

The nickname Unready derives from the Old English unræd, which means bad counsel, in contract to Æthelred, which means noble counsel.