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I would be happy to take on questions on the period between 300 B.C.E and A.D. 1200. I would prefer not to answer specific questions on philosophers nor Greek culture.

Experience in the area

I have a degree in History, with cognates in Western Civilization, Art and Museum Studies. A part-time employee at a regional museum, as well as unpaid assistant to a professor of Anthropology. My pen and ink sketches of artifacts excavated on an archaeological dig, in which I participated, are part of a report to the Huron-Manastee Forest Service(I have travelled Europe ( My own heritage is British-Carribean), and have an extensive home library.


I have a degree in History, with additional credits in related as well as other topics.


I have a degree in History, with additional credits in related as well as other topics.

Awards and Honors

Deans List,
Phi Theta Kappa

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Continue to study history, art and languages

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Knights did not wear full body armour until the 15th century!

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

There is no record of Jesus' life being extraordinary in Roman or Jewish records!

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2016-08-04 medieval question:

Sam, Here is are videos that may be helpful.  One covers early means of exchange and barter, through the fairly modern use of money.    I suggest you watch these videos in their entirty.

2014-12-06 general medieval question:

Hello Heather,   Since a squire was of noble birth, he would probably have been afforded good accommodations in proximity to the knight and may have owned a horse.  It is difficult to say, depending on

2014-01-05 History in kashmir india:

Hello Sanaa,  This sounds very much like a homework question, and there really is no easy answer.  A dynasty, as you probably know, refers to  generations, so decline happened over a period of time. Decline

2013-05-23 Midieval outfit:

Hello Kevin, Sorry I couldn't get to your question earlier, but I had late classes tonight.  I believe the answer to your question is SURCOAT.  They differed a bit in style from court to court, but were

2011-01-26 Malaria during the crusades:

Hello Catriona,  Other than the Black Death/Plague, famine/starvation, wound infection, I don't know much about the ailments of the Crusaders.  As you probably know, Malaria is caused by parasites, and


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