Melissa Snell is a former writer for ThoughtCo who contributed articles on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance for over 18 years.
Her passion has been learning by researching, fact-checking and writing on historical topics for websites and print publications.
She is the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades."
After earning a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Texas at Austin, Snell spent more than two decades in independent study.
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