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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

 

Shakespeare: our contemporary?

A panel of prominent scholars – Colin Burrow, University of Oxford, Michael Dobson, Director, Shakespeare Institute, James Shapiro, Columbia University, Emma Smith, University of Oxford, and Marina Warner, University of Essex – will discuss whether Shakespeare should be considered our contemporary, or as a difficult, distant historical ‘other’.

This event took place on 19 October 2012.

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Shakespeare: our contemporary?

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