Facts in brief:
Originally a settlement of Celtic Brigantes. Occupied by the Romans in 71 CE; it was the Romans' northern military headquarters and later capital of the province of Britannia Inferior. Emperor Severus died here in 211; Constantine proclaimed emperor by his troops in 306. York was the center of the Norse kingdom in the 10th century. In the Middle Ages it was a wool production and adminstrative center. Site of 12th-century York Minster church, as well as the ruins of medieval St. Mary's Abbey.
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