I have run across several books that, in my opinion, strike an excellent balance between scholarship and readability. This list contains only a few of them.
The image that had emerged by the 12th century was of a ruler who was afraid of candles, had defecated at his baptism, was scolded at his own coronation, was haunted by the ghost of his murdered brother, and who preferred drinking and sleeping to fighting vikings.
Using the restoration agreement of 1014 as a starting point, it is possible to make sense of one of the most dramatic eras in English history, when King Æthelred not only had to fend off massive Viking invasions, but also had to navigate through dangerous factions, disloyal subjects, and an open rebellion by his own son.
My first book is getting published! It’s called “England’s Unlikely Commander: The Military Career of Æthelred the Unready.”