Melissa Snell

History Expert


B.A., History, University of Texas at Austin


  • A historical researcher with a focus on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance 
  • Freelance writer for more than 20 years
  • Wrote the Foreword to The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades (Alpha, 2001)


Melissa Snell is a former writer for ThoughtCo who contributed articles on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance for more than 12 years. Melissa wrote more than just insightful articles about the Medieval and Renaissance periods she offered news about discoveries and links to resources. Many students refer to her writing as for coursework references, as well as period reenactor and gamers looking for insight into the period.

Melissa is an expert on the timeframe. She wrote the foreword for The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades (Alpha 2001). Her career as an independent researcher and writer spans more than two decades. Websites such as,,,, Yahoo Answers, and other niche sites reference her research and writing. 


Melissa Snell holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin.


Awards and Publications

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