York­shire

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A story of in­va­sion, up­ris­ing and conflict Paul C. Le­vitt

Pen & Sword Pub­lished: Au­gust 2019 Price: £24.99

This is a story about York­shire and its peo­ple, from the ear­li­est pe­riod up to re­cent times. Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal finds have shown that York­shire was oc­cu­pied at a time when early hunters from con­ti­nen­tal Europe were not sup­posed to have ven­tured so far north. Grow­ing pop­u­la­tions on the Euro­pean main­land made York­shire’s fer­tile land and re­ced­ing wood­land a prime land­scape for these first Euro­pean farm­ers, and over time they would be fol­lowed by waves of in­vaders in­tent on pil­lage and land grab­bing.

From the north and west came the Picts and the Scots, while the Ro­mans, An­gles and Vik­ings ar­rived via the River Hum­ber. The Nor­mans would be the last to in­vade and seek to dom­i­nate ev­ery­thing they saw. Each in­va­sion would leave its stamp on York­shire’s cul­ture and life, while bat­tles would later be fought on York­shire soil dur­ing both the Wars of the Roses and the English Civil Wars.

More than just a romp through the ages, this book re­veals the key places where bat­tles were fought and York­shire history was made.

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