Category Archives: European History

10 Things You Should Know About Queen Philippa of Hainault

This queen’s power as Regent of England and her influence on the court and country are often overshadowed by the military happenings and disease sweeping through Europe during her lifetime. Queen Philippa of England has been “lost” in many history … Continue reading

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10 Things You Should Know About Berengaria of Navarre

If history books mention this queen at all, it’s often only to repeat the legend with a little truth that she was Queen of England, but never set foot on English soil. How did that happen? Or did it? Read … Continue reading

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Reformation500: Reformers After Luther

When we started this month’s theme, I wrote about a couple of “reformers” before Martin Luther and before 1517. Today’s post looks beyond Luther and briefly introduces some other reformers. In Luther’s biography, we noted that he didn’t always get … Continue reading

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13 Things To Know About Martin Luther

This week we’ve rounded up thirteen things to know about Martin Luther from the biographies we’ve been reading. This post is not a comprehensive biography but hopefully will give you some conversation points or historical facts to share with family … Continue reading

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Reformation500: A Primary Source

We hear about Martin Luther and the 95 Theses that launched the Reformation. And I always wondered what that document actually said. Today’s blog post is a primary source. It’s a translation of Luther’s statements, and you can study, scan, … Continue reading

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Reformation500: An Introduction

It’s Reformation500 this month. That’s right. Five hundred years since the Protestant Reformation officially began in 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five statements to the door of the Catholic Church, forever changing religious and world history. Since it’s the … Continue reading

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