Agata Zielinska

Having done all things medieval at UCL, from taking all the possible medieval undergraduate courses to then enrolling in the Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA programme, Agata decided to settle in the Middle Ages for a while and stayed to do her PhD. Her interests are the ecclesiastical history of the Latin Church and Christendom, and particularly of areas seldom studied in Anglophone literature from this perspective, such as East Central Europe. In her PhD project, she looks at how the relations between the Papacy and Poland influenced the development and institutionalisation of the local Polish church.


Supervisor: John Sabapathy
Working title: 'Territorialization, the Papacy and the Institutions of the Polish Church, 1198-1357'
Expected completion date: 2020
Funding: LAHP (AHRC)

Conference papers and presentations

  • 'Provinces, Policies, and Popes: Case Studies Comparing Polish and English Episcopal Elections Over the Long Thirteenth Century' XVIIIth Thirteenth Century Conference - Exceptional England?, Unviersity of Cambridge, September 2019
  • 'One Legate, Many Missions: Papal Legates with Multiple Missions in East Central Europe in the Thirteenth Century' International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2019
  • 'The Institutionalisation of the Latin Church in Poland – Thesis Conspectus' Aetas Medias, Aetas Modernas Seminar Series, Kazimierz Wielki University Bydgoszcz, April 2019
  • 'Remembering How to Fast in Medieval Poland: The Legate Jacques Pantaléon’s 1248 Ruling and its Afterlife' European History 1150-1550 Seminar Series, Institute of Historical Research, London, February 2019
  • 'Memory and Property in Polish Episcopal Arengae in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries', International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2018
  • 'Episcopal Appoinments in the 14th Century: Case Studies from Poland and England', Reforms, Institutions, Conflicts conference, Pontifical University of Cracow, June 2018
  • 'Latin Christendom's Others: 13th Century Papal Legates in Poland, Hungary, and England', International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2017


  • ‘Remembering how to fast in medieval Poland: the papal legate Jacques Pantaléon on regional and ethnic particularities’, Reading Medieval Studies 45 2019 (forthcoming).
  • Review of Nowakowska, Natalia (ed.), Remembering the Jagiellonians (London: Routledge, 2019), Royal Studies Journal 6 2019.