I am an early career researcher affiliated with Flinders University, University of Adelaide, and Australian Catholic University. With research specialities in the history of early medieval England and in Scandinavian saga literature, he has published numerous articles on various aspects of society and culture in England and Scandinavia in the Middle Ages, and their intersections.


[2022] Flinders University, Adelaide

PhD – English/History

Thesis: English Kingship in the Saga Age: Memory, Transmission and the Evolution of Narrative

[2017] University of New England, Armidale

Graduate Certificate in Classical Languages (Latin)

[2017] University of New England, Armidale

Master of History

Thesis: Cultures of Punishment: Brutality and the Body in Anglo-Scandinavian England

[2003] University of Sydney

Bachelor of Arts (Studies of Religion)

Other Publications

Matthew Firth, ‘Rage and Lust in the Afterlives of King Edgar the Peaceful’, in Emotional Alterity in the Medieval North Sea World, ed. Erin Sebo, Matthew Firth and Daniel Anlezark (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023), 201-230 (link).

Erin Sebo, Matthew Firth and Daniel Anlezark (eds), Emotional Alterity in the Medieval North Sea World (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023) (link).

Matthew Firth, ‘Identifying Queenship in Pre-Conquest England’, in Norman to Early Plantaganet Consorts: Power, Influence, Dynasty, ed. Aidan Norrie et al. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023), 17-45 (link).

Matthew Firth, ‘On the Dating of the Norse Siege of Chester,’ Notes and Queries 69 (2022) (link)

Matthew Firth, ‘Deconstructing the Female Antagonist of the Coronation Scandal in B’s Vita Dunstani,’ English Studies 103 (2022) (free eprint)

Matthew Firth, ‘Æthelred II ‘the Unready’ and the Role of Kingship in Gunnlaugs saga Ormstungu,’ The Court Historian 25 (no.1, 2020), 1-14 (free eprint).

Matthew Firth and Erin Sebo, ‘Kingship and Maritime Power in 10th-Century England,’ International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 49 (no. 2, 2020), 329-40 (free eprint).

Blog Posts


Matthew Firth, Early English Queens, 850-1000: Potestas reginae (Routledge, under contract).

‘Vikings and Francia, 799–936,’ in Routledge Handbook of French History, ed. David Andress (Routledge, forthcoming).

‘Queenship in Pre-Conquest England: Continuity and Change,’ in English Consorts: Power, Influence, Dynasty, Vol. 1, ed. by Danna Messer and Elena Woodacre (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).


Australian Early Medieval Association (Reviews Editor)

Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Communications Officer)

Cerae: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Editor, vol. 10)

Royal Historical Society (Postgraduate Member)

Royal Studies Network

Viking Society for Northern Research

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