Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe. Simon Winder. A charmingly personal history of Hapsburg Europe, as lively as it is informative. For centuries much of Europe & the Holy Roman Empire was in the royal hands of the very peculiar Habsburg family. An unstable mixture of wizards, obsessives, melancholics, bores, musicians & warriors, they saw off—through luck, guile & sheer mulishness—any number of rivals, until finally packing up in 1918.