Free Europe, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance History

What is on this page? 

  • One section on the European Union
  • A section on Northern Europe that includes both factual information and some fiction stories. There is also a section on the Vikings, and on the Norse myths.
  • A section on Europe in the Middle Ages with factual information, myths, legends, and fairy tales.
  • A section on Europe in the Renaissance and early Modern Times.

 

 

European Union
A children’s website with information about the European Union.

Northern Europe
Mr. Donn: Scandinavia
An interesting website with information about Scandinavian countries, designed for upper elementary and middle school students.
Duckster’s Sweden
A great page of information on Sweden for upper elementary and middle school students.
Kids Konnect: Sweden
Lots of kid-friendly links on Sweden.
Duckster’s Denmark
A great page of information on Denmark for upper elementary and middle school students.
Kids Konnect: Denmark
A huge collection of links to kid-friendly resources on Denmark.
Duckster’s Norway
A page of information on Norway for upper elementary or middle school students.
Kids Konnect: Norway
A great collection of links on Norway for kids.
Duckster’s Finland
Duckster’s offers a page of information on Finland for kids.

Vikings

BBC Primary History: Vikings
A very entertaining site for kids from the BBC, including resources for teachers.
Rosala Viking Centre
A page of information and resources about Viking history suitable for middle and high school students.
Hurstwic: Viking History
A site of information about Vikings including articles and teaching ideas.

Stories and Folk Tales of Northern Europe

Myths of the Norsemen from the Eddas and Sagas by Hélène Adeline Guerber January 1, 1908

Viking Tales by Jennie Hall. Ages 6-9

Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Greenland and the Search for the Poles
Eva March Tappan January 1, 1914
The Heroes of Asgard by  A. & E. Keary. Tales of the Norse gods for children ages six to nine.
Stories of Norse Gods and Heroes by Annie Klingensmith January 1, 1894
The Children of Odin by Padraic Colum. Norse myths for children, ages eight to ten.
Norse Stories Retold from the Eddas by  Hamilton Wright Mabie, interesting to children ages ten and up.

 

Europe in the Middle Ages
Mr. Donn’s Medieval Times for kids
Educator Mr. Donn’s fascinating look at the middle ages for kids
Duckster’s Middle Ages
The popular history website for elementary and middle school level students offers resources on the European Middle Ages
History for Kids: Middle Ages
Excellent history site for middle school students on the middle ages
Mr. Dowling’s Middle Ages
An entertaining website with plenty of information on the middle ages for elementary and middle school kids.
Terry Jones Medieval Lives
Season one on Youtube video. Find out what life was really like in the Middle Ages
The Story of the Middle Ages 
Youtube video playlist of the book being read aloud. The story of the middle ages told for an elementary and middle school level student listener.
Worst Jobs in History
Check out the section on the dark ages and the middle ages
Skipton Castle
A real castle in the UK! Learn about the history of the castle and check out the 3-D castle plan. There are even coloring pages.

 

Celtic Fairy Tales  by  Joseph Jacobs
Donegal Fairy Stories   by  Seumas MacManus
English Fairy Tales  by  Joseph Jacobs
Old Hungarian Fairy Tales  by  Baroness Orczy
World Tales: Europe Folktales from various regions of Europe

 

Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs

English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs

Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks by William Elliot Griffis

Welsh Fairy Tales by William Elliot Griffis

The Laughing Prince by Parker Fillmore. Yugoslavian fairy tales.

Roumanian Fairy Tales by Mite Kremnitz and Mary J. Safford

Russian Fairy Tales by William Ralston Shedden Ralston

 

European Hero Stories by  Eva March Tappan. Lovely vintage storybook with stories from early European history through the Middle Ages and early modern Europe.

Legends of the Rhine by Hélène Adeline Guerber January 1, 1895

Hero Stories of France by Eva March Tappan January 1, 1920
Famous Men of the Middle Ages by John H. Haaren. Ages 9-14″
Heroes of the Middle Ages by Eva March Tappan  Ages 11-14″

Men of Iron by Howard Pyle.  Ages 10-14″

The Story of the Middle Ages by Samuel B. Harding. Ages 11-14″
The Story of the English by Hélène Adeline Guerber January 1, 1898
Old Time Tales by  Lawton B. Evans. A large collection of medieval tales from all over Europe, suitable for ages nine and up.

When Knights Were Bold by Eva March Tappan. Ages 9-14″
Page, Esquire, and Knight by Marion Florence Lansing. Ages 7-10″

In the Days of Alfred the Great by Eva March Tappan   Ages 11-15″

In the Days of William the Conqueror by Eva March Tappan Ages 11-15″

 

Europe in the Renaissance to Modern Times

Mr. Dowling: Renaissance
A fun website on the Renaissance for elementary and middle school age students.
Ducksters: Renaissance
An extensive and interesting website for elementary and middle school level students. Includes information on daily life, the arts, famous people, and more.
Kid’s Past: Renaissance
A link to the free online children’s world history textbook.
Mr. Donn’s Renaissance
A nice set of resources on the Renaissance for upper elementary and middle school students.

Famous Men of Modern Times by  John H. Haaren.  Appropriate for grade five and up.

In the Days of Queen Elizabeth by Eva March Tappan.  Ages 11-15″

In the Days of Queen Victoria by Eva March Tappan.  Ages 11-15″