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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

 

The story of St Ursula

Discover the story of the English princess Ursula who before her marriage went on pilgrimage to venerate relics in the Holy Land.

This beautiful woman is most likely intended to represent one of the companions of St Ursula. According to legend St Ursula was an English princess who decided to go on a holy pilgrimage before her marriage. The legend also states that she took with her 11,000 virgin companions as company for the journey.

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The story of St Ursula

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All Treasures of Heaven video and audio

 

Introduction to the exhibition

The Treasures of Heaven exhibition brings together for the first time some of the finest sacred masterpieces of medieval art.


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Holy Thorn Reliquary

This reliquary was made to house a relic of the Crown of Thorns, the wreath of thorns placed on the head of Jesus Christ at his crucifixion.
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Medieval goldsmiths

Medieval goldsmiths were some of the most important craftsmen because they worked with precious metals.
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St Baudime reliquary

Watch the installation of the striking figure of St Baudime, resplendent in gilt-bronze.
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The story of St Ursula

Discover the story of the English princess Ursula who before her marriage went on pilgrimage to venerate relics in the Holy Land.

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