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In the following century Alcuin of York came to the cathedral school of York.He had a long career as a teacher and scholar, first at the school at York now known as St Peter's School, founded in 627 AD, and later as Charlemagne's leading advisor on ecclesiastical and educational affairs.From 1996, the term 'City of York' describes a local government district (a unitary authority area) which includes rural areas beyond the old city boundaries.In 2011 the urban area had a population of 153,717, The word York (Old Norse: Jórvík) derives from the Latinised name for the city, variously rendered as Eboracum, Eburacum or Eburaci.In recent decades, the economy of York has moved from being dominated by its confectionery and railway-related industries to one that provides services.The University of York and health services have become major employers, whilst tourism has become an important element of the local economy.In 866, Northumbria was in the midst of internecine struggles when the Vikings raided and captured York.

In 1068, two years after the Norman conquest of England, the people of York rebelled.The city was founded in 71 AD, when the Ninth Legion conquered the Brigantes and constructed a wooden military fortress on flat ground above the River Ouse close to its confluence with the River Foss.The fortress, whose walls were rebuilt in stone by the VI legion based there subsequent to the IX legion, covered an area of 50 acres (20 ha) and was inhabited by 6,000 legionary soldiers.The city was founded by the Romans as Eboracum in 71 AD.It became the capital of the Roman province of Britannia Inferior, and later of the kingdoms of Northumbria and Jórvík.

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