A charmingly personal history of hapsburg europe as lively as it is informative by the author of germania for centuries much of europe and the holy roman empire was in the royal hands of the very peculiar habsburg family. Winder whose germania was also billed as a personal history set himself an enormous task for even though the habsburgs ruled much of central and eastern europe for centuries lets leave out . Danubia a personal history of habsburg europe by simon winder review noel malcolm enjoys a rich but occasionally overripe history of the habsburgs 3. Longlisted for the samuel johnson prize a charmingly personal history of habsburg europe by the author of germania from the end of the middle ages to the first world war europe was dominated by one family the habsburgs their unprecedented rule is the focus of simon winders vivid third book danubia. Yet for all its comedy danubia a personal history of habsburg europe would have to be as he says a less sunny book than germania because the peoples of the former hapsburg
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