The area of England known as the East Midlands was fully settled by the time of the Romans. The Roman Fosse Way began in what is now the East Midlands and signifies the western frontier of the Roman Empire. During the Viking conquest of Britain, it was part of an area called The Five Boroughs of the Danelaw. The two major cities in the region have their own storied histories: Nottingham, which has functioned as a market town since the tenth century, is best-known for the historic legend of Robin Hood and his Merry Men; and Leicester, 22 miles almost directly to Nottingham`s south, is perhaps one of the oldest cities in Britain, dating back to the second century before the Common Era.
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