Buckinghamshire is a home county in southeast England.  The region is made up of four districts known as Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe, and is governed by Buckinghamshire County Council.  Buckinghamshire’s history can be traced back to around 1000 years ago, when it was part of the Saxons’ Kingdom of Wessex.  In the 10th century, warlords scoured the area enlisting men to defend Buckingham from the Danes.  They built a castle at Buckingham and successfully protected the area from invasion.  Buckinghamshire is intersected by Roman roads linking London with the West of England.  One of them, the Icknield Way, was used by the Romans to look out for approaching invaders.  Much of the county was once owned by William the Conqueror, who hunted in the woods.  In 1536, at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries, a third of Buckinghamshire was passed into the hands of Henry VIII.  The 17th century English Civil War had a disastrous effect on the area, and many villages were destroyed.  In the 19th century, furniture, paper and lace industries became an important part of the economy.   The furniture-making industry is still prominent, as well as pharmaceutical manufacturing, farming and the service industry.  Buckinghamshire is also a popular tourist attraction, with its Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty attracting visitors from around the country.