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Nothing is certainly known of Exeter from the time of the Roman withdrawal from Britain around the year 410 until around 680 when a document about St Boniface reports that he was educated at an abbey in Exeter.) According to William of Malmesbury, they were sent beyond the River Tamar, which was fixed as the boundary of Devon.(This may, however, have served as a territorial boundary within the former kingdom of Dumnonia as well.In 1001, the Danes again failed to get into the city, but they were able to plunder it in 1003 because they were let in, for unknown reasons, by the French reeve of Emma of Normandy, who had been given the city as part of her dowry on her marriage to Æthelred the Unready the previous year.Two years after the Norman conquest of England, Exeter rebelled against King William.
The administrative area of Exeter has the status of a non-metropolitan district under the administration of the County Council; a plan to grant the city unitary authority status was scrapped under the 2010 coalition government.In January 2015, it was announced that Exeter Cathedral had launched a bid to restore the baths and open an underground centre for visitors.Although most of the visible structure is older, the course of the Roman wall was used for Exeter's subsequent city walls.Thus about 70% of the Roman wall remains, and most of its route can be traced on foot.The Devonian Isca seems to have been most prosperous in the first half of the 4th century: more than a thousand Roman coins have been found around the city and there is evidence for copper and bronze working, a stock-yard, and markets for the livestock, crops, and pottery produced in the surrounding countryside.