Mr Matthew Firth

Casual Academic

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Humanities Building
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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 also co-founder of, and researcher for, The Postgrad Chronicles, an academic history blog providing resources for students of the European Middle Ages.

Matthew a committee member of Cerae Journal, a committee member of the Australian Early Medieval Association (AEMA), and the reviews editor for the AEMA Journal.

Most recent 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.

Matthew Firth, 'The Broken Body in Eleventh to Thirteenth-Century Anglo-Scandinavian Literature,' Comitatus 50 (2019), 45-75.


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

2019 The Mediæval Journal Essay Prize - Proxime

2019 Society for Court Studies Essay Prize

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)

Topic lecturer
ENGL2133 Vikings and Anglo Saxon Literature
  • Early Medieval England (Anglo-Saxons)
  • Medieval Iceland
  • Medieval Literature
  • The Middle Ages
  • Vikings and Viking Age History

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