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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


Henry VIII, King of England (Biographical details)

Henry VIII, King of England (ruler; British; Male; 1491 - 1547)

Also known as

Henry VIII


Henry was born on 28 June 1491 in Greenwich. After the death of his elder brother Arthur in 1502, Henry VIII became heir to the English throne. Seven years later his father Henry VII died and he was crowned king of England. From his six marriages he had three children; Mary, Elizabeth and Edward and his desperation for a male heir was to consolidate the Tudor Dynasty following the War of the Roses. He is known for his role in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. Henry's struggles with Rome ultimately led to the separation of the Church of England from papal authority, the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and the establishment of the monarch as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.