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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Ms Karen Armstrong OBE

Karen Armstrong was appointed to the British Museum board in October 2008 and reappointed for a second four year term in October 2012.

Karen is one of the world’s leading commentators on religious affairs. She is a best-selling author, whose books have been translated into forty languages.

Her early work focused on the monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, but she has since begun to explore the eastern religions. She is also a broadcaster, columnist, and is much sought after throughout the world as a public speaker.

Her focus is not only on theology and spirituality but on the political implications of faith in the modern world.

Her books include: Through the Narrow Gate, an autobiographical work (1981); The Gospel According to Woman (1986); Holy War, The Crusades and their Impact on Today’s World (1988); Muhammad, A Biography of the Prophet (1991); A History of God (1993), which became an international bestseller; Jerusalem, One City, Three Faiths (1996); In the Beginning, A New Interpretation of Genesis (1996); The Battle for God, A History of Fundamentalism (2000); Islam, A Short History (2000); Buddha (2001); The Spiral Staircase: A Memoir (2004); A Short History of Myth (2005);The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions (2006); Muhammad: A Prophet for our Time (2006) and, most recently, The Bible: A Biography (2007).


Ms Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong © Jerry Bauer