Matthew Delvaux is a historian whose work brings new sources into conversation with the grand narratives of the Middle Ages. He is particularly concerned with problems of materiality, intertextuality, and statistical approaches to texts and artifacts. He is currently at work on his first book, focused on the lives of viking captives trafficked out of Western Europe and into the slave markets of Central Asia. This project advances textual and material approaches to reveal how marginalized people connected the medieval and Islamic worlds together during a time commonly seen as a period of divergence. In published articles, Delvaux has focused on exploring these same connections through the movement of Viking-Age necklace beads.