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I'll be glad to answer any question related to Medieval Europe, the Byzantine Empire, and the rise of Islam and Christianity during the period 300-1500.

Experience in the area

I've studies history for nearly 20 years. I'm currently also volunteering in the US and European history catergories.


My newest book WE NEED TO TALK: 27 DIALOGUES ON RACE IN AMERICA is available in the Amazon Kindle store. Also the author of AMERICAN REVOLUTION 2016: RATIONALE AND AIMS FOR RADICAL CHANGE


BA History (High Honors)

What do you like about this subject?

I like studying the interactions between the barbarians and the Romans. I also like learning about how the barbarians settled and created the nations of modern Europe. Finally, I like studying the competition for power between religious and secular authority.

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

I hope to achieve a more complete understanding of how the Middle Ages transitioned into the early modern period.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

The word for "foreigner" in Arabic is "franj," which refers to the Franks, the tribe whom Arabs considered to be the main participants in the Crusades.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Timeless treasures, such as the writings of Aristotle, Plato, and other ancient masters, would have been lost if not for work of Arab scholars who translated the works and copied themduring the Middle Ages. Jewish scholars in Muslim Spain then translated the writings from Arabic into Spanish and Italian, ciculated them, and therby helped to launch the Renaissance.

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Recent Answers from Marc Aperio

2016-08-30 The Walls of Constantinople.:

Hi Thomas,    That's exactly right: the only time the walls failed was in 1453 when Constantinople was conquered by the forces of Mehmet II. It's true that Constantinople was overcome in 1204 by the Crusaders

2016-08-04 question..:

Hi Sam,    I recommend two books. First is Niall Ferguson's The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (2009).    The second is Paul Strathern's The Medici: Godfather's of the Renaissance. Either

2015-08-19 Jewish histroy:

Hi Jane,    There were Jews living in Rouen, the capital of Normandy, when William the Conquerer arrived in England from there in 1066. William invited some to resettle in England, and that is the origin

2015-04-09 Abbot Suger: The Deeds of Louis the Fat:

Hi Victor,    Suger's book was intended as a celebration of Louis's life, not as an objective chronicle or full biography. It's a work of praise and flattery. Suger was Louis's trusted advisor.    Suger

2009-12-12 Nomadic and European Invasion:

Hi Ali,    It's difficult to find similarities in the two events other than what has been mentioned. Of course, there are many differences regarding timing, the people involved, and the way the events


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