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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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Behind the Crown: 15 First-Class Books About Royalty

Mad for the monarchy? Get a behind-the-scenes look at the great royals of the past.

5 Bloodless Wars That Were Resolved Without Violence

These curious conflicts lacked one crucial element: actual fighting.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

These women are fascinating figures in their own right.

The German Peasants’ War: A Bloody 16th-Century Uprising

Fed up with their working conditions, the serfs rebelled en masse.

8 Stunning Gothic Castles That You Can Visit

Built during the Middle Ages, these castles are still standing today.

8 Books About the Turn of the 20th Century

Explore an era of great development and change.

3 Infamous Pretenders to the Throne

These may be the strangest cases of claims to power.

10 Books About Powerful Families

Their rise, their fall, and every scandalous detail in between. 

7 Remarkable War Memorials in England

These striking monuments pay tribute to those who served.

Alchemy Was the Marketing Scheme of the Medieval World

Wealthy people were eager to believe the discipline's bold claims.

French Knight Gilles de Rais Inspired the Folktale “Bluebeard”

A veteran of the Hundred Years' War, he earned a chilling legacy later in life.

Explore the 20th Century Through Martin Gilbert's Best Books

The prolific author and historian was a leading expert on Nazi Germany and other momentous events.

Simon the Cat Won a Dickin Medal for His Royal Navy Service

This four-legged friend prowled the decks of the HMS Amethyst, where he was present for the Yangtze Incident.

8 Intriguing Facts About the Mona Lisa

Learn more about the history of the enigmatic portrait.

Witold Pilecki and the Secret Polish Army Led Resistance in Poland During WWII

This war hero infiltrated Auschwitz as a spy for the resistance.

5 Royal Scandals Throughout History

These faux pas tarnished several family names.