There are over 50 books included in the Heritage History Modern Europe
About half of these books
are part of a series, produced either by a single author or by a group of authors under
the direction of a specific publisher. Some of these series focus mainly on
European history, while others cover a broad range of civilizations.
All the series in the Modern Europe library are included in the table below.
A short description of each series is followed by a list of book titles.
In some cases, most of the books in the series relate to European history, but
in others cases, the series contains books from many different civilizations.
Titles that pertain to Modern European History are highlighted, but all other titles
are listed as well, along with the Library on which they can be found.
We have provided this information because when a student finds a book
he enjoys, he often desires to locate similar titles.
Although an overall description
of each series is provided, the content of specific books is not indicated.
To see a short synopsis of individual books included in the Modern Europe
library, see the Book Summaries page.
| Series Title || Description || Volumes || Author |
| Twins of the World || Historical fiction featuring boy and girl twins from countries around the globe. || 2 of 13 || Perkins |
| Told to the Children || Illustrated juvenile versions of classical legends and literature. || 1 of 30 || various |
| Children’s Heroes || Biographies of many of the most exciting characters of history, particularly British history. || 1 of 13 || various |
| Famous Men of the Ages || An introduction to World History for students of any age || 1 of 4 || Haaren |
| Story of the World ||World history from biblical times through the 20th century, emphasizing British history. || 2 of 5 || Synge |
| Guerber's Historical Readers || Introduction to classical history for middle school students || 1 of 7 || Guerber |
| Life Stories for Young People || European Biographies for middle school students || 10 of 21|| Upton |
| Lives of the Saints || Biographies of some of the well-known saints of Europe || 1 of 9 || Forbes |
| Church History || Ecclesiastical History from a Catholic Viewpoint || 3 of 5 ||various|
| Makers of History ||Biographies of many prominent men and women from history || 5 of 32 || Abbott |
| Historical Tales ||Historical tales from Western Civilization || 2 of 12 || Morris |
Twins of the World
This series of books is based on the idea of introducing world geography and the customs of different
civilizations, by way of a pair of twins growing up in various countries. The books are written for
grammar school students, and each features a set of twins—always a boy and a girl—who are young and
curious, but developed in enough detail to be of real interest. The books deal primarily with customs,
geographic, and livelihood issues rather than historical or political issues, but several of the stories
are conceived with a historical circumstance such as a war, a flood, or land-reform in the back-ground.
In these cases, the day to day life of a typical family growing up in unusually difficult circumstances
is portrayed. Most of the books, however, are focused on presenting the life-style and customs of the
children in a given country, and their daily activities and education.
While all of the books in the series are intended for elementary school students, and all are well within
our range for introductory readers, there is some progression in difficulty within the series, and the ages
of the subject twins correspond roughly to the increased reading difficulty. The nationality, and range of
difficulty is given roughly as follows: Early elementary: Dutch Twins, Eskimo Twins, Filipino Twins, Japanese
Twins, Swiss Twins, Irish Twins, Italian Twins, Puritan Twins; Later elementary: Scotch Twins, Mexican Twins,
Belgian Twins, French Twins, Spartan Twins, Colonial Twins.
Twins of the World by L.F. Perkins
|Title ||Compact Library || size|
| Belgian Twins || Modern Europe, Young Readers|| 49 |
| French Twins || Modern Europe, Young Readers|| 51 |
| Dutch Twins || Young Readers || 50 |
| Eskimo Twins || Young Readers || 49 |
| Japanese Twins || Young Readers || 47 |
| Swiss Twins || Young Readers || 32 |
| Puritan Twins || Early America, Young Readers || 45 |
| Scotch Twins || British Middle Ages, Young Readers || 57 |
| Mexican Twins || Spanish Empire, Young Readers || 52 |
| Spartan Twins || Ancient Greece, Young Readers || 43 |
| Irish Twins || unavailable|| |
| Italian Twins || unavailable|| |
| Cave Twins || unavailable|| |
Told to the Children Series
The object of the Told to the Children series, published by E.C. and T.C. Jack in Great Britain
in the early 1900’s, was
to take well-known classics from both the western canon and 19th century English literature and
retell the stories in a simple manner for children age 9-12.
The books themselves are short, well written, and beautifully illustrated. An upper elementary
age child can sometimes complete an entire book in only a few hours, and even younger children
can read them independently.
A great deal of the complexity of the original is left out, but in most cases the author focuses
on telling a few stories well rather than trying to cover every aspect of the original
at a superficial level.
The series involves over 30 books by a number of authors, but we have not attempted to republish
the whole series. The books we have published represent the best of the series and focus mainly
on legendary classics rather than those adapted from Victorian era originals.
Only the books in the series which we have published are listed here. There are several more pending.
Told to the Children Edited by Louey Chisholm
| Title || Compact Library || size |
| Stories of Wagner by C. E. Smith ||Modern Europe || 37 |
| Stories of Siegfried by Macgregor ||Christian Europe, Young Readers || 37 |
| Stories of Roland by Marshall ||Christian Europe, Young Readers || 33 |
| Stories of William Tell by Marshall ||Christian Europe, Young Readers || 31 |
| Stories from Dante by Macgregor ||Christian Europe, Young Readers || 41 |
| Stories from King Arthur by Macgregor ||British Middle Ages, Young Readers|| 36 |
| Stories from Pilgrim's Progress by Macgregor ||British Middle Ages, Young Readers|| 37 |
| Stories of Beowulf by Marshall ||British Middle Ages, Young Readers|| 29 |
| Stories of Robin Hood by Marshall ||British Middle Ages, Young Readers|| 38 |
| Stories of Guy of Warwick by Marshall ||British Middle Ages, Young Readers|| 31 |
| Stories from Ballads by Macgregor ||British Middle Ages || 36 |
| Stories from the Old Testament by Chisholm ||Young Readers || 36 |
| Stories from the Life of Christ by Kelman ||Young Readers || 44 |
| Stories from the Arabian Nights an Nights by Steedman ||Young Readers || 42 |
| Stories from the Iliad by Lang ||Ancient Greece, Young Readers || 36 |
| Stories from the Odyssey by Lang ||Ancient Greece, Young Readers || 37 |
| Celtic Tales by Chisholm ||British Empire || 42 |
| Stories from Gulliver's Travels by Lang ||British Empire, Young Readers || 33 |
| Stories from Uncle Tom's Cabin by Marshall ||Early America, Young Readers || 48 |
Children’s Heroes Series
The Children's Heroes series was published in the early 1900’s by T.C. and E.C. Jack, and has many of the same
positive attributes as their well-known Told to the Children Series. Instead of focusing on literature however,
it is a series of biographies, primarily about historical English men-of-action. Several of the "heroes" dealt
with in this series were not unambiguously good men, but all lived important and action filled lives that
are of great interest to young people.
A few of the heroes introduced in these tales, such as Lincoln, Columbus, and Joan of Arc, were not figures
related to British history, but most of the others were. This series, therefore, is not only a wonderful collection of
fascinating biographies, but also gives terrific insights into British history. We recommended many of these
books as a supplement to older students who are undertaking a comprehensive study of England and the British Empire.
Children's Heroes by Various Authors
| Title ||Compact Library|| size |
| Story of Napoleon by Marshall ||Modern Europe || 35|
| Story of Joan of Arc by Lang ||Christian Europe, Young Readers || 35|
| Story of Robert Bruce by Lang ||British Middle Ages, Young Readers || 44|
| Story of Columbus by Imlach ||Spanish Empire, Young Readers || 34|
| Story of Francis Drake by Elton ||British Middle Ages, Young Readers || 37|
| Story of Raleigh by Duncan ||British Middle Ages, Young Readers || 36|
| Story of Lord Clive by Lang ||British Empire, Young Readers || 32|
| Story of Captain Cook by Lang ||British Empire, Young Readers || 34|
| Story of Nelson by Sellar ||British Empire, Young Readers || 40|
| Story of Abraham Lincoln by Hamilton ||Early America, Young Readers || 37|
| Story of Livingstone by Golding ||British Empire || 32|
| Story of H. M. Stanley by Golding ||British Empire || 32|
| Story of Lord Roberts by Sellar ||British Empire || 39|
| Story of General Gordon by Lang ||British Empire || 38|
| Story of Chalmers of New Guinea by Kelman ||Unavailable|| |
| Story of Cromwell by Marshall ||Unavailable|| |
| Story of Bishop Patterson by Paget ||Unavailable|| |
Famous Men of the Ages
As an introduction to World History for students of any age, one can hardly do better than the
well-known Famous Men Series, by John H. Haaren and A. B. Poland. These are exceptionally well written and
beautifully illustrated works which very simply introduce the main characters of Western Civilization,
beginning in Ancient Greece and ending in the 19th century. The first two volumes in the series are
Famous Men of Greece and Famous Men of Rome. Although these books are organized as a collection
of biographies, they can be read as an introductory history because the characters are part of a single civilization,
and their lives are woven together in a fairly seamless manner. The latter two books, Famous Men of the Middle Ages
and Famous Men of Modern Times, provide excellent portraits of many of the most important characters in British
and European history. They are just as well written and interesting as the former two, but are unable to weave the
lives of the characters into a coherent narrative simply because they occur over such disparate times and societies.
Famous Men of History by John Haaren and A. B. Poland
| Title || Compact Library || size |
| Famous Men of Modern Times || Modern Europe, British Empire ||119 |
| Famous Men of Greece || Ancient Greece || 93 |
| Famous Men of Rome || Ancient Rome || 96 |
| Famous Men of the Middle Ages || British Middle Ages and Christian Europe || 98 |
Story of the World
The Story of the World series comprises a set of five volumes, written at an
introductory reading level, that cover all major events in the history of Western
Civilization, from our earliest recorded history to the close of the nineteenth
century. With fifty or so short chapters in each volume, the series links the
great eras in time and place together by a chain of stories of individuals who
played principal parts in the events related. While statesmen and military commanders
figure heavily in the narrative, stories of explorers, scientists, artists, authors,
and religious figures are also presented.
M. B Synge writes in an engaging fashion, using dialog frequently
to bring scenes to life. She juxtaposes events happening at the same
time in different parts of the world in a style reminiscent of the books
of Genevieve Foster. This series is an excellent introduction to world
history for older readers as well as for children.
The first volume of the Story of the World series, On the Shores of the Great Sea,
focuses on the civilizations surrounding the Mediterranean from the time of
Abraham to the birth of Christ. Discovery of New Worlds covers the rise and
fall of the Roman Empire, the middle ages in Europe, the rise of Islam and
the Crusades, and finally the age of exploration, and the establishment of
trade with the Far East, concluding with the discovery of the New World by
Columbus. The third volume, Awakening of Europe, covers the Reformation in
various countries in Europe, and the settlement of colonies in America. The
rise of the great nations of Europe, including England, the Netherlands,
Russia, France and Austria, are also covered. Struggle for Sea Power focuses
on the age of empire and world colonization. The histories of European colonies
in America, Australia, South Africa, and India are related. Also covered are
the Revolution in America, the French Revolution, and campaigns of Napoleon.
The fifth volume, Growth of the British Empire focuses on the nineteenth century,
which was dominated by the British Empire, and corresponding ideas of progress
and modernism. It also treats the revolutions in South America and Mexico, the
Boer War in South Africa, and the exploration of Central Africa, the Greek and
Italian wars for Independence, the Crimean War, the American Civil War, the opening
of trade with Japan and China, and the rebellion in India. The final volume in the
Series, The World at War, was completed sometime after the earlier five and considers
the dramatic changes wrought by the First World War.
Story of the World by M.B. Synge
| Title || Compact Library || size |
| Struggle for Sea Power || Modern Europe, British Empire|| 93 |
| Growth of the British Empire || Modern Europe, British Empire|| 94 |
| On the Shores of the Great Sea || Ancient Greece || 78 |
| Awakening of Europe || Christian Europe || 90 |
| Discovery of New Worlds || Christian Europe || 85 |
| World at War || Modern Europe || |
Guerber's Historical Readers
Helene Guerber was an American author whose series of historical readers
provides an excellent introduction to the major societies of Western Civilization.
She writes specifically for an early middle school audience and every book
is divided into short chapters, each of which deals with a specific character or event.
Guerber is an excellent writer who tells her stories with great interest. She understands her
students' mindset well, and states in one of her introductions:
This elementary history of Greece . . .is made up principally of stories about persons; for,
while history proper is largely beyond the comprehension of children, they are able at an early age
to understand and enjoy anecdotes of people, especially of those in the childhood of civilization. At the
same time, these stories will give a clear idea of the most important events that have taken place in the
ancient world, and, it is hoped, will arouse a desire to read further.
Guerber wrote around the turn of the century, primarily for the American Book Company, which
at the time supplied a great many textbooks for use in American public schools. Her histories were
very popular with American students in the early decades of the twentieth century.
Classical Histories for Young People by Helene Guerber
| Title || Compact Library || size |
| Story of Modern France || Modern Europe || 142 |
| Story of the Greeks || Ancient Greece || 116 |
| Story of the Romans || Ancient Rome || 114 |
| Story of the English || British Middle Ages || 145 |
| Story of Old France || Christian Europe || 165 |
| Story of the Thirteen Colonies || Early America || 141 |
| Story of the Great Republic || Early America || 151 |
Life Stories for Young People
The Life Stories Series is a collection of short biographies written
for intermediate students that were originally published in Germany.
At the time, the German national school system was widely admired by
educational reformers in the United States, and many of its features
were incorporated into the American public school system.
The subjects of these books are mostly European, but they cover a wide
variety of personalities and interests. There are a number of famous national
heroes, of course, such as William the Silent, Frederick the Great, and
Eugene of Savoy. But there are also explorers, musicians, and legendary heroes.
At least five of the books in the collection are written primarily from the point
of view the queen or Empress of a prominent European monarch, rather than principle
ruler himself. A number focus on the childhood of famous personages, rather than
their political career. In all cases, an effort has been made to maximize the
interest for younger students in the lives of the subjects, rather than to
emphasize political lessons.
The original German for many of these books were published in the 1880's and 1890's
but the American translations, done by the Chicago music critic, George P. Upton,
were not completed until 1907 through 1914. The collection was very well received,
and was gaining popularity in children's libraries when the Great War broke
out. Because of anti-German sentiment, however, publication was stopped during the
war and never resumed.
The original series was written by a variety of authors in German, but the translator
of the entire series was George P. Upton, a well-known music critic and self-taught
expert on European culture.
Life Stories for Young People Translated by George P. Upton
Lives of the Saints
This collection of saint biographies focuses on subjects that were not only
personally holy, but also lived lives of great significance and influence.
In each case their courage, piety, and faithfulness led them to choose a
vocation that greatly impacted not only those around them, but also the whole
course of Christianity. A number of these saints founded, or reformed orders
that continued to serve Christ's mission on earth long after they, themselves
passed on. Several others played a decisive role in restoring Christian unity
after a destructive schism. All are exemplary models of Christian piety.
The biographies in this collection are all written in a story based style
that brings the characters to live. They are long enough to give a meaningful
description of the major events in the lives of the saints, but still very
accessible for intermediate readers. Each book is about 120 to 140 pages,
and includes numerous illustrations.
Lives of the Saints by F.A. Forbes
| Title || Compact Library || size |
| Life of Pius X ||Modern Europe || 75 |
| Life of Benedict ||Christian Europe || 36 |
| Life of Vincent de Paul - Forbes ||Christian Europe || 36 |
| Life of St. Athanasius ||Ancient Rome || |
| Life of St. Monica ||Ancient Rome || |
| Life of St. Teresa ||Spanish Empire || 38 |
| Life of St. Ignatius of Loyola ||Spanish Empire || 36 |
| Life of St. Columba || || |
| Life of St. Catherine of Siena || || |
This five book series, written for secondary schools, tells the story of the Catholic
Church from its founding by the Apostles to the opening years of the 20th
century. It provides a fascinating insight into the institutional church and
provides a Catholic perspective on many historical incidents that are
typically presented to school children from a Protestant perspective.
The books assumes a pre-existing knowledge of the major events of
European history, and focuses mainly on issues specifically related to
the church, and the lives of the great saints and martyrs. Important
topics discussed in detail are the founding of the church and the
early church fathers, persecutions under the Roman Empire, the
spread of Christianity throughout Europe, early heresies, the rise of monasticism,
the ongoing conflict between the papacy and the empire, the Crusades,
military and religious orders, the Renaissance and the Western Schism,
the Reformation and the counter-Reformation, the Moslem threat,
the rise of foreign missions, the Jesuits, later heresies, and the
Church during the revolutionary period.
The five volumes are divided as follows: I: Christian Antiquity (to 500 A.D.),
II: Early Middle Ages (500 to 1000), III: Later Middle Ages (1000 to 1500),
IV: Early Modern Times (1500 to 1750), V: Later Modern Times (1750 to 1900).
It is especially interesting to see the Catholic perspective on such controversial
topics as the suppression of heresies, the inquisition, indulgences, the St.
Bartholomew's Day Massacre, the Renaissance Popes, the Netherlands Revolt,
the unification of Italy, and Papal infallibility, since these topics are often
presented from a strictly Protestant viewpoint in most juvenile history books.
Church History by The Sisters of Notre Dame
| Title || Compact Library || size |
|Church History: Later Modern Times|| Modern Europe|| 62 |
| Church History: Early Middle Ages || Christian Europe|| 51 |
| Church History: Later Middle Ages || Christian Europe|| 76 |
| Church History: Early Modern Times || Christian Europe|| 96 |
| Church History: Christian Antiquity || Ancient Rome || 62 |
Makers of History
"I want to thank you and your brother for Abbott’s series of Histories. I have not
education enough to appreciate the profound works of voluminous historians, and if I had,
I have no time to read them. But your series of Histories gives me, in brief compass, just
that knowledge of past men and events which I need. I have read them with the greatest
interest. To them I am indebted for about all the historical knowledge I have."
As the quote from above shows, even Abraham Lincoln was a fan of the Abbott Histories.
Their famous series was so well-known and widely read that they were staples of virtually
every American library from the time they were published in the mid-nineteenth century
until after the first world war. Both informative and terrifically entertaining, the
Abbott brothers had an enormous talent for writing biographies, and selecting those
stories and anecdotal episodes from histories that are of most interest to the general
Jacob Abbott (1803-1879) was possibly the most prolific American writer of juvenile
literature of the nineteenth century. He was born in Maine, the second of seven children.
He and each of his four brothers graduated from Bowdoin College, studied theology, and
became teachers or ministers. Three of the five boys became authors and with his brother
John Steven Charles, Jacob authored the famous and widely read Makers of
History series of biographies.
It was not until about 1848 that he and his brother embarked on the idea of doing a series
of biography aimed at young people. His target audience was age "15 to 25", and the Abbott
brothers eventually produced a set of biographies that were critically acclaimed, and
widely read. Within a few years of their publication, the Abbott biographies became
standard reference works of juvenile history, and were available in libraries throughout
America. They were originally published as the Illustrated History series, but were
republished many times during the next sixty years in various collections, entitled
Famous Characters of History, Famous Queens of History, and others. They were most
recently republished in the early 1900’s as the Makers of History series.
The Abbotts had a terrific gift for narrative, and their books all read as if they were
high suspense novels. Although the vocabulary level is relatively high, more appropriate
for high school or college than elementary schools, the writing style is not difficult,
and the stories move along at a fast pace. The Abbott biographies have a delightful
combination of action and adventure, along with truly interesting personality portraits,
intriguing subplots, and fascinating secondary characters which should be appealing to
both young men and women.
Makers of History by Jacob and John S. C. Abbott
| Title || Compact Library|| sheets|
| Madame Roland ||Modern Europe || 86 |
| Hortense ||Modern Europe || 114|
| Josephine ||Modern Europe || 94 |
| Louis Philippe ||Modern Europe || 113|
| Peter the Great ||Modern Europe || 106|
| Cyrus the Great ||Ancient Greece || 77 |
| Darius ||Ancient Greece || 78 |
| Xerxes ||Ancient Greece || 82 |
| Alexander the Great ||Ancient Greece || 75 |
| Pyrrhus ||Ancient Greece || 83 |
| Romulus ||Ancient Rome || 80 |
| Hannibal ||Ancient Rome || 78 |
| Julius Caesar ||Ancient Rome || 72 |
| Cleopatra ||Ancient Rome || 84 |
| Nero ||Ancient Rome || 82 |
| Alfred the Great ||British Middle Ages|| 72 |
| William the Conqueror ||British Middle Ages|| 80 |
| Margaret of Anjou ||British Middle Ages|| 91 |
| Richard I ||British Middle Ages|| 95 |
| Richard II ||British Middle Ages|| 100|
| Richard III ||British Middle Ages|| 94 |
| Mary Queen of Scots ||British Middle Ages|| 77 |
| Charles I ||British Middle Ages|| 78 |
| Charles II ||British Middle Ages|| 83 |
| Queen Elizabeth ||British Middle Ages|| 74 |
| Genghis Khan || unavailable || 99 |
| Joseph Bonaparte ||Spanish Empire || 115|
| Louis XIV ||Christian Europe || 114|
| Henry IV ||Christian Europe || 97 |
Charles Morris was a prolific American writer of the late 19th century. After a brief
career in academics, he began publishing a great number of books and articles under
various pseudonyms, but his piece de resistance was his Historical Tales, a collection
of romantic and entertaining stories from history, in fourteen volumes.
Although these tales are organized by civilization, and the stories occur in roughly
chronological order, these books cannot be read as comprehensive histories, as he makes
no particular attempt to tie them together, contenting himself to jump from one fascinating
episode in history to another. For this reason, they are best read after one is already
familiar with the basic outline of the history of a particular civilization.
On the other hand, Morris is an outstanding writing, and he picks fascinating subjects for
his stories. The stories are selected largely for their entertainment value, rather than
purely for historical significance so Morris treats his readers to a fascinating introduction
to some compelling 'secondary' characters and events. He tells all of his stories in enough
depth to make them truly entertaining, even when he is dealing with already well-known events.
The Historical Tales are an entertaining treat, and though they are not recommended for introductory
reading, they are a terrifically rewarding for intermediate or advanced readers of history.
Historical Tales by Charles Morris
| Title ||Compact Library|| size |
| Historical Tales: German ||Christian, Modern Europe ||134 |
| Historical Tales: French ||Christian, Modern Europe ||136 |
| Historical Tales: Russian ||Modern Europe ||136 |
| Historical Tales: Greek ||Ancient Greece ||141 |
| Historical Tales: Roman ||Ancient Rome ||131 |
| Historical Tales: American I ||Early America ||139 |
| Historical Tales: American II ||Early America ||138 |
| Historical Tales: Latin American ||Spanish Empire ||129 |
| Historical Tales: Spanish ||Spanish Empire ||130 |
| Historical Tales: English ||British Middle Ages ||142 |
| Historical Tales: Scandinavian ||unavailable ||149 |
| Historical Tales: Japanese and Chinese ||unavailable ||143 |
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