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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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The 10 Best Books By and About Winston Churchill

The prime minister was also a prolific writer and historian.

What Is Guy Fawkes Night?

Remember, remember, the fifth of November...

The Irish Potato Famine and Its Impact on European History

The blight had devastating consequences on the island and beyond.

11 Books About World War II's Eastern Front 

This brutal conflict killed more combatants than all other theaters of the war combined.

William McGonagall, the Worst Poet in History

Disgruntled audiences pelted him with rotten eggs.

30 Essential World War II Books That Examine Every Angle of the Conflict

From the Pacific theater to the coast of France, discover the greatest World War II books.

Isaac Newton's Historic Feud With a Conman

He was determined to take down William Chaloner, an audacious coiner.

Bagpipes Used to Be Classified as Weapons of War

These musical instruments weren't always considered harmless.

Balloonomania: 18th-Century Europe’s Obsession with Hot Air Balloons

Scientists and showmen alike tested the limits of the new invention.

6 Fossil Hunters Who Dug Up Clues From the Past

Their discoveries changed our perception of prehistory.

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II, 1926—2022

Elizabeth II died peacefully after a historic 70 years on the throne.

8 Fascinating Facts to Know About the Wars of the Roses

We're taking a look at this series of influential English civil wars.