Congratulations to Talia Zajac (CMS 2017) for her two postdoc fellowships

 Talia Zajac has been offered and has accepted the following prestigious postdoctoral fellowships: a Mellon Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies for the coming academic year 2020-2021 and a 36-month Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship beginning May 2021 in the John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester. She will conduct research on “Royal women, cultural exchanges, and Rus’ ecumenical marriages, circa 1000-1250”

Seal by the Rus’–born Duchess Gremislava (or in Polish, Grzymisława, d. 1258), widow of Duke Leszek the White of Kraków (d. 1227), affixed to a charter issued on 12 May 1228, kept in the Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych / The Central Archives of Historical Records in Warsaw, Zb. dok. perg. 6429, digitized at: http://www.agad.gov.pl/inwentarze/ddpp.xml

Regarding this seal, Talia wrote “To the best of my knowledge, this is the only extant seal issued by a Rus’-born bride in Latin Christendom in the pre-Mongol period (before 1240/1241). It is also remarkable because it is the earliest Polish seal that depicts a duchess crowned, seated on a throne, and alone, without written or visual reference to the authority of husbands or sons; a strong statement of female authority.”