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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


Peter I the Great, Tsar of Russia (Biographical details)

Peter I the Great, Tsar of Russia (ruler; royal/imperial; Russian; Male; 1672 - 1725)

Also known as

Peter I; Russia; Peter the Great; Alekseyevich, Pyotr; Velik, Pyotr; Romanov, Peter Alexeyevich


Tsar of Russia 1682; took the title of Emperor 1721. Son of Tsar Alexis and Natalia Narishkin, father of the tzarevich Alexis. Married Eudoxia Lopukhina (1689), then the future empress Catherine I (q.v.) in 1712.