A History of the City of York by Charles Brunton Knight
Published in 1944 by the Herald Press. Out of print.
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This is a very long 800 page book which presents by date order a history of the city. It covers the city until the beginning of the twentieth century, but the most interesting sections are possible the very comprehensive coverage of the early and late medieval periods, a period often over-looked by other books.
The style of the book means that each entry is given a date, and these are then batched together in similar subjects, so that the reader can read through the book in a chronological order, but not in an entirely disjointed way. The book also has some pull-out maps which are an interesting look at how the city has developed.
Unfortunately this book is quite hard to find now, and often costs upwards of fifty pounds. However, as an introduction to the city this is a very useful resource, despite it being written over sixty years ago. Highly recommended.