About Professor Knox

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My given name is Ellis Lee Knox, but I have been called Skip almost since birth. I live in Boise, Idaho and have spent nearly my whole life in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Utah. I've been married to Debra Knox since 1969 and we have three children.



I have been adjunct faculty at Boise State since 1986. In that time I have taught courses on the Renaissance and a course based on a marvelous series by Jacob Bronowski entitled "The Ascent of Man." Those courses are no longer offered.

I teach four courses regularly: History of Western Civilization, The Late Middle Ages, The Crusades, and The Reformation. Typically I teach Western Civ every fall and one of the upper division courses each spring.

Besides these I taught "Computer Systems for Business" for the College of Idaho in 1988, taught a Western Civ course remotely for Eastern Oregon University in 1993, and taught summer workshops in game programming for four years (1988 to 1992).


"The Lower Orders in Early Modern Augsburg" in The Process of Change in Early Modern Europe. Phillip N. Bebb and Sherrin Marshall, eds. Ohio University Press, 1988.

"The Pedagogy of Web Site Design," ALN Magazine, Vol.1 Issue 2, August 1997.

“Was the Thirty Years War Mainly a Political or Religious Conflict?,” ABC-Clio, October 2011.

“Did Charles Martel’s Victory at the Battle of Tours Prevent the Islamic Conquest of Europe?” ABC-Clio, August 2012.


"Bishop Otto and the Conversion of the Wends" New England Medieval Society conference, 1981.

"Real Problems in the Virtual World," Educom '96.

“Teaching History on the Internet,” presentation at American Historical Association annual conference, Jan. 1999.

“Pilgrimage and Pilgrims,” presentation to Society for Creative Anachronism, October 2009.

Workshop on the Renaissance to Boise Public School social studies teachers, 1987 and 1993.


I have a deep interest in science fiction and fantasy and have been published in that field. In addition, I enjoy creating electronic music in my home studio. I love to travel.