King Aethelred the Unready
King of England
Despite ruling now for 18 years, Aethelred is still a relatively young man of 28. His grip on the throne is weak at best for few men have confidence in him or his decision making. Most believe the Queen Mother is the true power in England.
Aethelred rose to the throne of England in 978 upon the death of his half-brother Edward. Aethelred was probably not personally part of the plot to kill Edward, but many whisper that his mother Aelfrhyth was, and his rule is tainted in the eyes of many. Only 10 years old at the time, Aethelred was ill prepared for the monarchy.
From 991 on Aethelred has paid tribute to Danish vikings.