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Brendan McGuire

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Professor Brendan McGuire, PhD, is a Catholic historian, specializing in the classical and medieval periods.  He received his doctoral degree in medieval history from Saint Louis University, and in recent years has presented scholarly research on various historical topics at prestigious regional, national, and international conferences.  He has taught both history and classical languages at the undergraduate level, and he is currently a professor of history at Christendom College, where he teaches Ancient Biblical World, Early Modern Europe, Late Antique & Medieval Europe, and Reconquista & Crusade.

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