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European History through Historical Fiction (and some Non-Fiction)
The list author says: "These 40 books will take you from the Roman Empire to the 21st century. Non"
The First Man in Rome (Masters of Rome)
I, Claudius From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius Born 10 B.C. Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 (Vintage International)
Julian: A Novel
"Spread of Christianity in the Roman Empire."
The Devil's Mode: Stories
"Fall of the Roman Empire. (This collection of stories by Anthony Burgess includes "Atilla," an excellent novella about the Hun leader.)"
Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization
"Byzantine Empire. (This is a non-fiction book. Any suggestions for a good historical fiction novel set in the Byzantine Empire are very welcome.)"
The Physician (Cole)
"Early Islam and Europe."
Son of Charlemagne (Living History Library)
"Charlemagne. This is a children's/YA book, but is supposed to be very good."
The Long Ships (New York Review Books Classics)
"Viking Europe. My second choice would be Cromwell's "The Last Kingdom.""
Ivanhoe (Penguin Classics)
The Crusader: A Novel
The Pillars of the Earth
"The Peak of Papal Power."
World Without End
"The Black Plague."
The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo
How the Reformation Happened
"Protestant Reform, Religious Wars. This is a non-fiction book."
The Last Voyage of Columbus: Being the Epic Tale of the Great Captain's Fourth Expedition, Including Accounts of Swordfight, Mutiny, Shipwreck, Gold, War, Hurricane, and Discovery
"The European Colonization of the Americas."
Imperial Spain: 1469-1716
"The Spanish Empire. (This is a non-fiction book.)"
"The Decline of the Spanish Empire."
Elizabeth I: A Novel
Nothing Like the Sun (Norton Paperback Fiction)
Galileo's Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love
"The Scientific Revolution."
A Tale of Two Cities
Napoleon: The Song Of Departure
The Sun of Austerlitz: A Novel (Napoleon series) (No. 2)
"The Napoleonic Wars."
War and Peace
"The Russian Empire."
The Industrial Revolutionaries: The Making of the Modern World 1776-1914
"The Industrial Revolution. (This is a non-fiction book. My second choice would be "The Most Powerful Idea in the World.")"
The Leopard: A Novel
"The Unification of Germany and Italy. (The author of this work is actually Giuseppe de Lampedusa. Colquhoun is the translator.)"
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
"The European Colonization of Africa and Asia. (This is a non-fiction book. It is, however, one of the best non-fiction books I've ever read.)"
The Origin: A Biographical Novel of Charles Darwin
"Science in the 1800s."
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy, Book One)
"The Build-Up to WWI."
The Good Soldier Svejk: and His Fortunes in the World War (Penguin Classics)
"WWI. (My second choice would be All Quiet on the Western Front.)"
"The Russian Revolution."
The Autobiography Of Joseph Stalin: A Novel
A Postcard From the Volcano: A Novel of Pre-War Germany
"Fascism and Communism in Europe."
Stones from the River
"WWII. (My second choice would be "The Tin Drum.")"
Maus: A Survivor's Tale
"The Cold War in Western Europe."
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain (Caldecott Honor Book)
"The Cold War in the USSR & Eastern Europe. (My second choice would be "Under the Frog.")"
The Last Life: A Novel
"Decolonization. (My second choice would be "The Centurions.")"
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
"The End of the Cold War; European Unification. (This is a non-fiction book.)"
White Teeth: A Novel
"Immigration and Islam in 21st Century Europe."
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