Dr Matthew Firth

Casual Academic

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Matthew is a Research Associate of the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, working as part of the Mapping Service and Transition project connected with the current Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.

Matthew is a PhD graduate of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, whose doctoral research focused cultural memory, historical narrative, and Anglo-Scandinavian acculturation in the tenth-thirteenth centuries. 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. He is currently working on his first monograph, a biographical study of English queens-consort in the years 850-1000, scheduled for publication the Routledge Lives of Royal Women series.

Matthew is the current editor of Cerae Journal, an assistant editor of the Brepols published series East Central Europe, 476–1795, the reviews editor for the Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association (AEMA), and an AEMA committee member..

Most recent publications:

Matthew Firth and Cassandra Schilling, 'The Lonely Afterlives of Early English Queens', Neophilologus (eprint).

Matthew Firth, 'On the Dating of the Norse Siege of Chester', Notes and Queries 69 (no. 1, 2022), 1-4.

Matthew Firth, 'Deconstructing the Female Antagonist of the Coronation Scandal in B’s Vita Dunstani', English Studies 103 (no. 4, 2022), 527-546.


Bachelor of Arts, Religion, University of Sydney (2003)

Master of History, University of New England (2017)

Graduate Certificate in Arts, Classical Languages, University of New England (2018)

Honours, awards and grants

2021 Best HDR Publication - Runner Up (Flinders University)

2021 Horizon Award Platinum (Professional Engagement Award, Flinders University)

2020 Best HDR Publication - Runner Up (Flinders University)

2019 Society for Court Studies Essay Prize

2019 The Mediæval Journal Essay Prize - Proxime accessit

2018 New England Award (Professional Engagement Award, University of New England)

2017 Cerae Journal Essay Prize – Best Postgraduate/ECR Paper (Volume 3)

  • Cultural Memory & Exchange
  • Early Medieval England (Anglo-Saxons)
  • Early Medieval Monarchy
  • Icelandic Sagas
  • Medieval Iceland
  • Medieval Literature
  • Pre-Modern English Queenship
  • The Middle Ages
  • Vikings and Viking Age History
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