Constantine arrived here with his father, Imperator Constantius, in 305. Constantius died in July the following year in York.
The system of succession necessitated that another Caesar would become Imperator, but the soldiers in York immediately proclaimed Constantine their leader. It proved to be a pivotal moment in history. He is known as Constantine the Great for pertinent historical reasons.
After nearly 80 years, and three generations of political fragmentation, Constantine brought the whole of the Roman Empire under one ruler. By 324 he had extended his power and was sole Imperator, restoring stability and security to the whole of the Roman world.
In 314, a year after Constantine’s edict on religious tolerance, Eboracum had its first Bishop. Along with the Bishop’s of Londinium and Lindum, he attended the Christian Council at Arles.
Constantine did not remain long in York, establishing Trier as his base for campaigns against the Germans perhaps a year following his succession.
Constantine’s position in the history of York was already cast.
The Statue of Constantine
Adversitate. Custodi. Per Verum