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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


Thomas Becket

Classroom resource
Age 12–16

This mini lesson looks at the medieval passion for relics, and helps students decide what we can say about the shrine of St Thomas Becket.

Download mini lesson, ppt 2.6mb 
Download mini lesson notes, pdf 33kb 

Subjects covered


Age ranges

Age 12–16 (KS3 and 4)

Related information

Medieval World

pilgrim sign

Image: pilgrim sign of St Thomas Becket. Medieval, 13th century AD. From England.