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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


The Forbidden City

Friday 24 October,

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In this lecture, Frances Wood guides us through the enormous complex of buildings known as the Forbidden City, one of the most famous extant legacies of the Ming dynasty.

Built on the orders of the Yongle Emperor, the Forbidden City was the centre of the imperial court and government within the new capital of Beijing. It was divided into the outer court, used for ceremonial purposes, and the inner court, the residence for the imperial family.

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