The Christian Europe Library does not yet have a complete curriculum
associated with it. The following recommendations promote some of our
"comprehensive" history selections for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.
These histories provide a broad overview of European history but lack
the depth of more detailed studies. We believe that students should read
at least a few comprehensive histories to cover the basics, but spend
most of their time on more interesting biographies and episodic histories.
Young Readers' Core Selections
These selections are engaging and easy-to-read for elementary school students.
They stick to basic stories of European history and provide an excellent foundation
for future studies.
Famous Men of the Middle Ages by John Haaren
Attractive biographical sketches of thirty-five of the most prominent characters
in the history of the Middle Ages, from the barbarian invasions to the invention
of the printing press. Subjects include Rollo the Viking, Henry the Fowler,
Canute the Great, Peter the Hermit, Marco Polo, and many more. Each story is
told in a clear, simple manner, and is well calculated to awaken and stimulate
the youthful imagination.
Old Time Tales by Lawton Evans
This collection of over forty stories and legends from history are related by a
master story-teller. They are perfect for reading individually or out loud. Most
of the stories are from European history, since the author's other volume,
America First, relates American stories. Well know stories such as William Tell,
Joan of Arc, and the death of Roland are told, as well as lesser known classics
such as "The Mouse Tower," "Dmitri the Pretender," and "Bertha with the Big Foot."
Stories from French History by Lena Dalkeith
This beautifully illustrated book tells seven of the most picturesque stories
from the history of France. They include the story of Clovis and his Queen
Clotilda, Charlemagne, Saint Louis the Crusader, Joan of Arc, the Huguenots and
the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre, the French Revolution and Marie Antoinette,
and Napoleon Bonaparte.
Stories of the Vikings by Mary Macgregor
This book gives a brief history of the early kings of Norway, starting with
Harald Fairhair (c. 860), who first brought dozens of separate Viking kingdoms
under a single rule, to the conversion of Norway from a Pagan to a Christian
kingdom under Olaf Trygveson (c. 1015). The explorations of Leif Erikson
and his family are also covered.
Intermediate Readers' Core Selections
The intermediate selections include a few thematic and national histories,
that are especially well done. The Story of Europe covers most of the
essential political developments of European history through the Reformation periods,
while When Knights Were Bold seeks to present the important facets
of daily life, and is more of a social history. National histories of France
and Germany, the two most important countries in Western Europe, are also
The Story of Europe by H. E. Marshall
This book presents the broader movements of European history, emphasizing the
main factors which have gone into the development of the various European states
from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation. The history of England is
included only when that country plays a prominent part in the politics of
Europe. A full treatment of the period immediately following the fall of the
Roman Empire is given, since that period provides the necessary key to future
developments. Maps, timelines, and genealogy charts of the various royal houses
of Europe contribute to making this book an excellent resource for the study of
the Middle Ages in Europe.
When Knights Were Bold by Eva March Tappan
Spirited and interesting picture of life in castles and manors, monasteries and
towns during the Middle Ages. The description of the customs of knights is
especially full. Chapter titles include Page, Squire, and Knight; The Knight's
Arms and Armor; Jousts and Tournaments; How to Capture a Castle; Daily Life
in a Castle; Life on a Manor; Pilgrimages and Crusades; Military Orders,
Monks, and Monasteries; Hermits, Friars, and Missionaries; Life in Town;
Merchant Gilds and Craft Gilds; How Goods Were Sold; Schools and Literature;
Science and Medicine; and Architecture and the Arts.
The Story of Old France by Helene Guerber
This book, along with its companion volume, The Story of New France provides a
comprehensive overview of French history from Roman Gaul to the First World War.
This first volume begins with stories of the Gauls prior to the Roman Conquest,
and ends with the death of Louis XVI. The Merovingian, Carolingian, Capet, and
Valois dynasties are covered, as well as the early Bourbon monarchs.
A History of Germany by H. E. Marshall
A history of Germany from the first encounter of the Teutonic tribes with the
Romans to the eve of the First World War. The first part of the book traces
the migrations of the Germanic nations throughout western Europe and their
unification under Charlemagne. During the Middle Ages, the Holy Roman Empire
was a loosely controlled confederacy of German states, which did not become
united until Prussia rose to prominence in the 18th century.
Advanced Readers' Core Selections
The advanced selections are somewhat eclectic. We do not provide a
comprehensive text appropriate for older students at this time, but
Morris's Historical Tales provide entertaining and important stories
from European history. The Netherlands is a gripping story of
the Protestant Revolt in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands by Mary Macgregor
This book tells the story of William of Orange, the great
Protestant hero of Dutch independence. During the reign of Phillip II, the
religious and political suppression of the lowlanders resulted in a great
struggle between Spain, led by the iron-fisted Alva; and the Netherlands,
led by William of Orange. After a series of dramatic oppressions and rebellions,
the Dutch finally won their independence.
Historical Tales: French by Charles Morris
Some of the most romantic stories of France, beginning with the Visigoth
repulsion of the Huns at Chalons, and ending with the Franco-Prussian War
are recounted by an outstanding storyteller. This collection of entertaining
stories was written especially to appeal to young adults. Familiar characters
such as Charlemagne and Joan of Arc are introduced, but so are lesser known
characters such as Bayard, Charles the Bold, and the Duke of Bourbon.
Historical Tales: German by Charles Morris
This selection of stories from German history span from the era of the
Roman Empire to the foundation of the German republic in the late 19th
century. Instead of a comprehensive history, the author has rewritten some
of the most entertaining episodes in a manner especially interesting to
young adults. Familiar characters such as Frederick Barbarossa, and Luther
are introduced, but so are more obscure characters such as Wittekind,
Ziska, and Wallenstein.
Supplemental Reading Selections
We recommend that students who are studying the European Middle Ages and
Reformation Era read five or more selections from our supplemental
reading list in addition to their core material.
The selections should be age and interest appropriate, but students can select their
supplemental reading from any difficulty level.
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