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by David Nash Ford BA,
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Beside the Queen's Path
Beside the Queen's Path, near the Minster's South Transept, stands a quite recent addition to the York landscape which, interestingly, reminds us of its most ancient piece of history. Here the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great sits, immortalised in Bronze, on his Imperial throne.
Constantine was the son of the Roman Emperor Constantius Chlorus, by St. Helen, supposedly his British mistress. Constantius stayed in York for long periods in the early 4th century, to oversee the strengthening of the city's defences (including the 'Multangular Tower') following a popular uprising in the province. He died in the city in AD 306 and the people of York were the first to hear his son declared Emperor by his loyal troops immediately afterward.
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