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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


London Review of Books winter lectures
David Runciman: The crisis of American democracy

Monday 11 February,

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American democracy is in trouble again: divided, broke, its power on the wane. A lecture by David Runciman on American democracy.

In the past, it has always seen off its doubters: every time it has faced a crisis it has found a way to renew itself. Will American democracy rediscover its promise this time? Or is this the crisis too far?

David Runciman’s books, which include Political Hypocrisy and The Politics of Good Intentions, have been nominated for the Orwell and David Watt Prizes. He is a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he teaches politics.

London Review of Books winter lectures

Hilary Mantel: Undressing Anne Boleyn
Monday 4 February

David Runciman: The crisis of American democracy
Monday 11 February

Nicholas Spice: Is Wagner bad for us?
Monday 25 February

In collaboration with the London Review of Books

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