Teaching British-European History

A glimpse into how a classical, literature-rich homeschooling family teaches history. The Welsh, the Scottish, the Irish, and the English.

This is a glimpse into how I teach history. We are classical, literature-rich homeschoolers, so we learn about history using the repeating cycles that are covered in The Well Trained Mind. The first time around, we stuck to The Story of the World, short and sweet history stories appropriate for elementary ages. Now that my son is older and in the 2nd cycle, I am picking and choosing our resources, carefully following the timeline. We are past Ancient Rome and…I’ve been excited about this for a very, very long time now…are now into British history.

Family history is my passion, and this is my family. My heritage. My roots. The countries of my people. The Welsh, the Scottish, the Irish, and the English. It is around the 600’s that I can start pulling in our ancestors, incorporating them into European history. Into wars and battle, into the lives of Kings and nobles, and of the aristocrats from overseas. The history of the land fascinates me. I love being able to study history and geography together – the deep history of the land, how it once looked, and why the original settlers chose to live in the exact spots they settled in.

This outline covers the period just before Christ’s birth to 1000 AD, with an emphasis on people and events that impacted the British Isles. Many of the books can be found on Amazon in both print and Kindle format or read for free on The Baldwin Project. Please be sure to preview all the videos before showing them to your children. While we are okay with a certain level of violence, your family may not be. Download this list in a handy document.

King Brutus and Ancient Britain An Island Story (Illustrated) – chapter 1
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Julius Caesar An Island Story (Illustrated) – chapter 2
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Julius Caesar An Island Story (Illustrated) – chapter 3
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Iron Age Britain History of Britain and Ireland – pages 20-21
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History of Britain 1

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Caesar’s Invasion of Britain History of Britain and Ireland – pages 22-23
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Emperor Tiberius The Story of the Romans (Illustrated) – page 86
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Jesus Christ The Story of the Romans (Illustrated)  – page 91
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Emperor Caligula An Island Story (Illustrated) – chapter 4
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Emperor Caligula The Story of the Romans (Illustrated) – page 87
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Emperor Claudius The Story of the Romans (Illustrated) – page 88
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Roman Britons Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion
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Emperor Nero Famous Men of Rome – page 79
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Emperor Nero The Story of the Romans (Illustrated) – page 90
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Romans VIDEO: Rome: Military Conquests
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Queen Boadicea An Island Story (Illustrated) – chapter 5
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Queen Boadicea VIDEO: Decisive Battles E10 Boudicca
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Conquest & Resistance History of Britain and Ireland – pages 24-25
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Celts VIDEO: A History of Celtic Britain – 4 part series
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Apostle Paul Peril and Peace (History Lives Book 2) – chapter 1
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Emperors Galba/Otho The Story of the Romans (Illustrated) – page 94
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Emperor Vitellius The Story of the Romans (Illustrated) – page 94
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Emperor Vespasian The Story of the Romans (Illustrated) – page 95
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Emperor Titus Famous Men of Rome – page 83
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Emperor Titus The Story of the Romans (Illustrated) – page 95
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Emperor Domitian The Story of the Romans (Illustrated) – page 97
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Tribe in Wales Outcast
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General Agricola An Island Story (Illustrated) – chapter 6
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Emperor Nerva The Story of the Romans (Illustrated) – page 98
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Emperor Trajan Famous Men of Rome – page 85
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Emperor Trajan The Story of the Romans (Illustrated) – page 98
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Emperor Hadrian The Story of the Romans (Illustrated) – page 100
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Hadrian’s Wall The Eagle (The Roman Britain Trilogy)
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Hadrian’s Wall Global Treasures: Hadrian’s Wall England
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Hadrian’s Wall The Eagle
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Roman Celts Hostage Lands
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Emperor Pius The Story of the Romans (Illustrated) – page 102
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Polycarp Peril and Peace (History Lives Book 2) – chapter 2
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Emperor Marcus Aurelius Famous Men of Rome – page 87
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Emperor Marcus Aurelius The Story of the Romans (Illustrated) – page 102
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Justin Peril and Peace (History Lives Book 2) – chapter 3
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Galen Galen and the Gateway to Medicine
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Emperor Commodus The Story of the Romans (Illustrated) – page 104
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Galen VIDEO: Galen, Doctor to the Gladiators
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A Distant Province History of Britain and Ireland – pages 28-29
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Origen Peril and Peace (History Lives Book 2) – chapter 4
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Cyprian Peril and Peace (History Lives Book 2) – chapter 5
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Outside the Empire History of Britain and Ireland – pages 30-31
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St. Alban An Island Story (Illustrated) – chapter 7
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Life in Roman Britain History of Britain and Ireland – pages 32-33
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Cardiff, England Spring Tide
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Emperor Constantine Peril and Peace (History Lives Book 2) – chapter 5
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Emperor Constantine What Really Happened in Ancient Times – chapter 8
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Athanasius Peril and Peace (History Lives Book 2) – chapter 6
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Alaric the Visigoth Famous Men of the Middle Ages – chapter 1
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Visigoths/Alaric/Huns The Story of Europe from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation – chapter 1
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Ambrose Peril and Peace (History Lives Book 2) – chapter 7
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End of Roman Empire History of Britain and Ireland – pages 34-35
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John Chrysostom Peril and Peace (History Lives Book 2) – chapter 9
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Jerome Peril and Peace (History Lives Book 2) – chapter 10
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Augustine of Hippo Peril and Peace (History Lives Book 2) – chapter 8
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Attila the Hun Famous Men of the Middle Ages – chapter 2
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Attila the Hun Ten Kings: And The Worlds They Rule – chapter 4
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Attila the Hun VIDEO: Barbarians – The Huns
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Attila the Hun VIDEO: Decisive Battles E08 Attila The Hun
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Up to Clovis VIDEO: The Dark Ages
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Vortigern/Vortimer/Saxons An Island Story (Illustrated) – chapters 8-10
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Saxon invasions The Count of the Saxon Shore
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Saxon invasions VIDEO: Barbarians – The Saxons
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Uther Pendragon An Island Story (Illustrated) – chapter 11
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King Arthur An Island Story (Illustrated) – chapters 12-13
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King Arthur King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table (Puffin Classics)
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King Arthur VIDEO: King Arthur: Mystery Files
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St. Patrick Flame Over Tara
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St. Patrick Peril and Peace (History Lives Book 2) – chapter 11
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St. Patrick What Really Happened During the Middle Ages – chapter 1
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Franks/King Clovis The Story of Europe from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation
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Franks/King Clovis VIDEO: The Dark Ages
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Gaiseric the Vandal Famous Men of the Middle Ages – chapter 3
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Vandals/Gaiseric The Story of Europe from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation
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Theodoric the Ostrogoth Famous Men of the Middle Ages – chapter 4
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Clovis Famous Men of the Middle Ages – chapter 5
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Beowulf Beowulf the Warrior (Living History Library)
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Beowulf Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children
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Justinian Famous Men of the Middle Ages – chapter 6
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Justinian The Story of Europe from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation – chapter 4
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Holy Ireland History of Britain and Ireland – pages 38-39
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Anglo-Saxon Rulers History of Britain and Ireland – pages 40-41
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Gregory the Great Monks and Mystics: Chronicles of the Medieval Church (History Lives Book 1) – chapter 1-3
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Gregory the Great The Story of Europe from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation – chapter 5
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Benedict Peril and Peace (History Lives Book 2) – chapter 12
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Bernicians Stories from English History – chapter 2
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Mohammed Famous Men of the Middle Ages – chapter 7
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Mohammed/Arabs The Story of Europe from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation – chapter 6-7
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Ethelbert/Augustine Historical Tales of England (Volume 1 – 14) – chapter 1
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St. Augustine of Canterbury An Island Story (Illustrated) – chapter 14
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St. Augustine of Canterbury Augustine Came to Kent
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Christian England History of Britain and Ireland – pages 44-45
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Boniface Monks and Mystics: Chronicles of the Medieval Church (History Lives Book 1) – chapter 4
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Charles Martel and Pepin Famous Men of the Middle Ages – chapter 8
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Charles Martel and Pepin The Story of Europe from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation – chapter 8
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Alcuin/Charlemagne What Really Happened During the Middle Ages – chapter 3
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Charlemagne Famous Men of the Middle Ages – chapter 9
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Charlemagne Monks and Mystics: Chronicles of the Medieval Church (History Lives Book 1) – chapter 5
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Charlemagne  Son of Charlemagne
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Charlemagne Ten Kings: And The Worlds They Rule – chapter 5
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Charlemagne  The Story of Europe from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the Reformation – chapter 9-10
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Charlemagne VIDEO: Charlemagne
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Islam Monks and Mystics: Chronicles of the Medieval Church (History Lives Book 1) – chapter 6
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Harun-al-Raschid Famous Men of the Middle Ages – chapter 10
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Viking Raiders History of Britain and Ireland – pages 46-47
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Egbert the Saxon Famous Men of the Middle Ages – chapter 11
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Kells, Ireland The Secret of Kells
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Rollo the Viking Famous Men of the Middle Ages – chapter 12
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Constantine & Methodius Monks and Mystics: Chronicles of the Medieval Church (History Lives Book 1) – chapter 7
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Alfred the Great Alfred of Wessex
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Alfred the Great An Island Story (Illustrated) – chapter 15-17
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Alfred the Great Famous Men of the Middle Ages – chapter 13
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Alfred the Great Historical Tales of England (Volume 1 – 14) – chapter 2
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Alfred the Great History of Britain and Ireland – pages 50-51
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Alfred the Great The Dragon and the Raven
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Alfred the Great Monarchy with David Starkey Season 1
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Brian Boru Our Little Celtic Cousin of Long Ago
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Vladimir the Great Monks and Mystics: Chronicles of the Medieval Church (History Lives Book 1) – chapter 8
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Iceland The Story of Grettir the Strong
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Vikings The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow
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