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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


St Thomas à Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury (Biographical details)

St Thomas à Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury (cleric/religious official; saint/martyr; British; Male; 1118 - 1170)

Also known as

St Thomas à Becket; Becket, Thomas


Christian saint, archbishop of Canterbury (from 1162) and martyr; son of a London merchant; friend and Chancellor (1155-1162) of Henry II (q.v.), he opposed the king's 'encroachment' upon the powers of the Church; assassinated by four knights within the cathedral.