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comparing self to western european kings, vol I

April 25, 2023

idle thoughts come to an idle man
what made Ethelred unready?
what made Louis pious and Alfred great?

actually the smart folk have got it figured out
unready was a pun
on his name
which means noble counsel
saying he had none
and so it’s better translated as ill-advised

I am far from pious
and won’t be achieving greatness
oftimes I’m unready
and certainly ill-advised from time to time
so it’s to Ethelred that I pledge my allegiance

Ethelred the ill-advised
a relatable role model
although Charles the Fat and Charles the Bald
are also worth a mention

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