Facts in brief:
The city of Arnsberg, the capital of the district of Arnsberg in the west-central German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, is located on a loop of the Ruhr River. Founded in 1077 at the site of a pre-existing castle, it served as the seat of the counts of Werlin from the 11th century, receiving its charter in 1238. It became a member of Hanseatic League, and the seat of the Westphalian Vehmir counts from the 15th century. It was the site of secret tribunals ("Vehmgericht") that usurped functions of the government.
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