This chapter provides a chronological introduction to the history of York, concentrating on the period before 1068. It surveys both medieval histories of the origins of the city such as those provided by Bede and Geoffrey of Monmouth, and histories of the city developed since the eighteenth century. Similarly the chapter surveys the geographical context and setting of York with a particular focus on representations of York on medieval maps and its position in relation to Northumbria and Yorkshire before 1066. Finally the chapter sets out the main approaches and methodology of the whole book including an introduction to developing forms of land tenure in the period after 1068.
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