Facts in brief:
Located on the River Exe; center of an early British tribe, the Dumnonii, which was later taken over by the Romans; site of a Saxon monastery 680; stormed by Danes in 876 and 1003, Saxon King Athelstan in 926 and William the Conqueror in 1068; sided with Royalists during English Civil War; was wool center 10th-16th centuries; naval base heavily bombed during World War II; Bishop's Palace contains the Exeter Book of 950 and the Exon Domesday Book.
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