I am a PhD Candidate in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University, Adelaide Australia. My research focuses on cultural memory, historical narrative, and Anglo-Scandinavian acculturation in the tenth-thirteenth centuries, with a particular focus on the history of early medieval England as portrayed in the sagas of Icelanders.


[2019-Present] Flinders University, Adelaide

PhD – English/History

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

[2015-2017] University of New England, Armidale

Graduate Certificate in Classical Languages (Latin)

[2015-2017] University of New England, Armidale

Master of History

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

[2000-2003] University of Sydney

Bachelor of Arts (Studies of Religion)

Other Publications

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).


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).


Royal Historical Society (Postgraduate Member)

Viking Society for Northern Research

Royal Studies Network

Australian Early Medieval Association

Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies

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