At York the city did not grow up round the cathedral as at Ely or Lincoln, for York, like Rome or Athens, is
an immemorial--a prehistoric--city; though like them it has legends of its foundation. Geoffrey of Monmouth,
whose knowledge of Britain before the Roman occupation is not shared by our modern historians, gives the
following account of its beginning:--"Ebraucus, son of Mempricius, the third king from Brute, did build a city
north of Humber, which from his own name, he called Kaer Ebrauc--that is, the City of Ebraucus--about the
time that David ruled in Judea.