Matthew is a PhD Candidate in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, researching 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 assistant editor of the Brepols published series East Central Europe, 476–1795, reviews editor for the Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association (AEMA), an AEMA committee member, a committee member of Cerae Journal, secretary for the Flinders College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Association, and co-founder and lead researcher for The Postgrad Chronicles academic blog.
Most recent publications:
Matthew Firth and Erin Sebo, 'Kingship and Maritime Power in 10th‐Century England,' International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 49 (no.2, 2020).
Matthew Firth, 'The Character of the Treacherous Woman in the passiones of Early Medieval English Royal Martyrs,' Royal Studies Journal 7 (no. 1, 2020), 1-21.
Matthew Firth, 'Æthelred II ‘the Unready’ and the Role of Kingship in Gunnlaugs saga Ormstungu,' The Court Historian 25 (no. 1, 2020), 1-14.
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)
2020 Best HDR Publication - Runner Up (Flinders University)
2019 Society for Court Studies Essay Prize
2019 The Mediæval Journal Essay Prize - Proxime
2019 Horizon Award Silver & Gold (Professional Engagement Award, Flinders University)
2018 New England Award (Professional Engagement Award, University of New England)
2017 Cerae Journal Essay Prize – Best Postgraduate/ECR Paper (Volume 3)
2016 Mary Dolan Memorial Travelling Scholarship (University of New England)
2016 Best Postgraduate Paper (Conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association)
2015 Melissa Woods Medieval History Postgraduate Prize (University of New England)
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