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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


Alphonse Mucha (Biographical details)

Alphonse Mucha (painter/draughtsman; designer; French; Czech; Male; 1860 - 1939)

Also known as

Mucha, Alphonse Marie


Painter, graphic artist. Without formal training, joined Viennese theatre design firms Kautský, Brisoschi and Burghardt. 1881-2 worked in Moravia for the aristocrat Khuen, for whom he decorated a dining hall at a castle in Hrusovany and a castle at Gandegg u Bolzana (1883-5). From 1885 studied in Munich at the Academy. In 1887 travelled to Paris, where he stayed for a year at the Academy Julian. From 1888 worked independently as an illustrator for Parisian magazines and publishing houses. He established his own school at Grande Chaumière. 1902 accompanied Rodin on a trip to Bohemia and Moravia; 1904 made first visit to the United States, where he worked intermittently as a teacher and painter. In 1910 returned to Prague, where he concentrated on painting slavonic myths.


Jiri Mucha, AM Graphic work, catalogue raisonné, 1973
Grand Palais, Paris (exhibition) 1980