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Research Biography

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.

Research Interests

  • 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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Research Output

The Character of the Treacherous Woman in the passiones of Early Medieval English Royal Martyrs

Firth, M., 15 Jun 2020, In : Royal Studies Journal. 7, 1, p. 1-21 22 p.

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    Æthelred II ‘the Unready’ and the Role of Kingship in Gunnlaugs saga Ormstungu

    Firth, M., 25 Mar 2020, In : The Court Historian. 25, 1, p. 1-14 14 p.

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  • Kings, Poets, and Outlaws: Royal Admonition in the skáldasögur

    Firth, M., 2020, p. 20-20. 1 p.

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  • Anglo-Saxon Kingship and Icelandic Identity in the skàldasögur

    Firth, M., 2019. 1 p.

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