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European History Articles

Where to begin in a discussion of European history? So much has taken place on the continent, where we can trace back the culture and influence of the Western World.

Whether your interest is piqued by ancient, medieval, or modern European history, we’ve got you covered. Fascinated by the Roman empire? Discover the worst emperors to have ruled over it, the Great Fire of Rome that nearly destroyed the city, and how the Sack of Rome at the hands of mercenaries ushered in a new era. Can’t get enough of the medieval period? It’s not all dragons and elves here; rather, we’re doing a deep dive into famous rebellions (such as the Peasants’ Revolt and the Germans Peasants’ War), the bloody Crusades, and the real historical origins of the mythical wizard Merlin.

Finally, we reach modern European history. Prepare to be surprised by the tidbits you’ll learn about the Napoleonic Wars, the French Revolution, and other major events from the early modern period. Perhaps you’re curious about legendary historical figures. From Winston Churchill quotes to Marie Antoinette’s downfall, there’s no shortage of knowledge about influential European people in our archives.

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10 Illuminating Medieval History Books

Journey through time to Europe's Middle Ages.

The Man Who Took 42 Nazis Captive With A Longsword

He didn't get the nickname "Mad Jack" Churchill for nothing. 

This Astonishing Book Makes Jane Austen’s World Come to Life

Voices from the World of Jane Austen will transport you to the turn of the nineteenth century.

10 Best Military Books, According to War Correspondent and Bestselling Author Damien Lewis

War correspondent and bestselling author Damien Lewis reveals the best military books that evolved his thinking and writing on the subject of war.

The Tumultuous Life of Mary, Queen of Scots

Take a detailed look at the life of a ruler who inherited the throne when she was just six days old.

Kit Williams' Masquerade, the Children’s Treasure Hunt Book That Captivated England

A golden hare, a multi-step pictorial code, and a country on the hunt. What could go wrong?

The British Soldier Who Escaped from Dunkirk by Stealing a Car

James May and six of his fellow soldiers were left behind on the dangerous beaches of Dunkirk.

This European City Has Been Destroyed by Invaders 44 Times

All told, the city has seen 115 different wars and been razed to the ground 44 times.

7 Transporting Ken Follett Books for Historical Fiction Lovers

From medieval England to Cold War Russia, Follett’s novels take you on a journey into the past. 

Escape from Holzminden: The Greatest POW Camp Break of WWI

Neal Bascomb tells the Allied pilots’ little-known story in his new book, The Escape Artists.

This World War I Legionnaire Wrote "I Have a Rendezvous with Death"

Seeger's prophetic verse was published posthumously, after he fell at the Battle of the Somme. 

Léo Major: The "One-Eyed Ghost" Who Single-Handedly Liberated a Dutch Town

Major went above and beyond the call of duty in World War II and the Korean War.

Dying on Armistice Day: Private Joseph Sommers's Final Words

Private Sommers may have been the final American killed on Armistice Day.

Anne Frank and Her Life in the Secret Annex

A book published by the Anne Frank House profiles the Secret Annex—the Frank family's two-year hideout—and the famous diarist's life inside.

8 Surprising Facts About Grigori Rasputin, Russia's "Mad Monk"

The mysterious historical figure remains an enigma, even in death.