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

  • IHR Fellows’ Seminar: Territorialization, the Papacy and the Institutions of the Polish Church, 1198-1357
  • 'Provinces, Policies, and Popes: Case Studies Comparing Polish and English Episcopal Elections Over the Long Thirteenth Century' XVIIIth Thirteenth Century Conference - Exceptional England?, University of Cambridge, September 2019
  • Leeds International Medieval Congress 2019: One Legate, Many Missions: Papal Legates with Multiple Missions in East Central Europe in the Thirteenth Century 
  • Kazimierz Wielki University Aetas Medias, Aetas Modernas Seminar Series April 2019: The Institutionalisation of the Latin Church in Poland – Thesis Conspectus 
  • IHR European History 1150-1550 Seminar Series February 2019: Remembering How to Fast in Medieval Poland: The Legate Jacques Pantaléon’s 1248 Ruling and its Afterlife 
  • Leeds International Medieval Congress 2018: Memory and Property in Polish Episcopal Arengae in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries 
  • Pontifical University of Cracow International PhD Students’ Conference 2018: Episcopal Appointments in the Fourteenth Century: Case Studies from Poland and England 
  • Leeds International Medieval Congress 2017: Latin Christendom’s Others: Thirteenth-Century Papal Legates in Poland, Hungary, and England 


  • ‘Provinces, Policies, and Popes: Case Studies Comparing Polish and English Episcopal Elections over the Long Thirteenth Century’ in Spencer, Andrew; Watkins, Carl (eds), Thirteenth Century XVIII: Exceptional England? (proceedings of the 2019 conference to be published 2021/22). 
  • ‘The Papacy and the Region, Church Structure, and Clergy’ chapter co-authored with Razum, Igor, in Zečević, Nada; Ziemann, Daniel (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Central Europe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021).  
  • ‘Remembering how to fast in medieval Poland: the papal legate Jacques Pantaléon on regional and ethnic particularity’ Reading Medieval Studies 45 (2019), pp. 47-73. 


Committee Member and Publicity Officer for the London Society of Medieval Studies 

Interviews on History Hacked Podcast


Tutor on Writing History
Tutor on The First European Union? Christendom 1187-1321
Tutor at UCL Writing Lab
Tutor at SSEES on Frontiers of History