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

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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