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A night view of modern day York, Yorkshire, England.  Source: davidionut/Adobe Stock

The Ancient Roman and Viking Origins of Yorkshire (Video)


In the history of Yorkshire, the fusion of Roman and Viking legacies weaves a captivating narrative. Beyond its picturesque landscapes, this English county harbors a multifaceted history. Romans christened it "Eboracum," while the Anglo-Saxons referred to it as Northumbria.

The Vikings, in their distinctive way, left an indelible mark, coining the term "Jorvik," the precursor to modern Yorkshire. This captivating saga unfolds against the backdrop of York, a city with layers of history embedded in its walls. From the grandeur of York Minster, a towering Gothic cathedral with roots dating back to the Romans, to the enigmatic Shambles, a medieval street that whispers tales of a bygone era, each facet reveals a chapter in Yorkshire's story.

Venturing into stately homes like Castle Howard unravels the aristocratic lineage, intertwined with the dissolution of monasteries during Henry VIII's reign. The tale extends to the quirkiness of York's Assembly Rooms, where societal norms of the Georgian era, including morbid leisure pursuits, come to light. Further adding to the region's allure is its unexpected connection to chocolate. The industrious Quakers, notably Mary Tuke, played a pivotal role, transforming York into a chocolate hub. This sweet legacy, born from a social and moral standpoint, echoes through the centuries, making chocolate not just a confection but a symbol of resilience and community in Yorkshire.

Top image: A night view of modern day York, Yorkshire, England.  Source: davidionut/Adobe Stock

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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