Write, write, write

It's been a while. A lot has happened. I've been working on a chapter about Polish archbishops and bishops in the two centuries my thesis hopes to cover. As you can probably imagine, that involves a lot more STUFF I have to deal with than in the case of legates and nuncios. I've probably written … Continue reading Write, write, write


Reflections on the International Medieval Congress in Leeds

So, it is done. I attended my first big history conference, and managed to give a paper! My main aim for the conference was to meet and chat with the various (Polish) medievalists working on Poland, since this was such a great opportunity for this. And I managed to do so! It was really important … Continue reading Reflections on the International Medieval Congress in Leeds

Academic Summer

'Academics get the summer off.' As if. Even we, the baby PhD students, know this is not true. The first hint of this is the flurry of conference calls for papers that make it into your inbox around Springtime. Then, come Summer Term, everyone's talking about 'Conference Season.' My fellow UCL History PhD students and … Continue reading Academic Summer


With Spring Break coming up (already!), I decided to plan some research trips for when I'm in Poland for the holidays. As all the archival training sessions have stressed, I contacted the three archives I'm going to visit - Archdiocesan Archive in Wrocław, Archdiocesan Archive in Poznań and the Archive and Library of the Cracow … Continue reading Archives!


I should be writing, or rather, editing that 'chapter' that I mentioned in the previous post. However, I've switched to writing this blog post, instead. I once had a conversation about writing with my cousin, who at that time was agonising over an essay she had to submit. She really was agonising, because, as she … Continue reading Writing

Baby Steps

So, as an update: I've started writing. To be specific, I started what I shudder to call a 'chapter' on papal nuncii. It seems like the most logical place to start gathering thoughts into words, as it stems directly from my MA Thesis on papal legates. It is an interesting exercise because writing about these nuncios … Continue reading Baby Steps