"I had been abandoned in York"

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York is an ancient city in the north of England. During the 17th century, it was greatly damaged in the skirmishes of the civil wars, leading to the loss of its erstwhile status as a nationally significant fortress and military headquarters. However, it continued to grow as a social centre, aided by the wealth of its prominent gentry. By the time of Arabella Calvert’s abandonment there, York had become an important centre of commerce and leisure.