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About Dr Estelle Paranque

Dr Paranque is an Assistant Professor specialized in early modern and public history. She joined the University in 2017, after previously teaching at King’s College London, Winchester University, University College London and Queen Mary University London.

She is a co-convenor of the Tudor and Stuart Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research. In January 2019, she was awarded her Fellowship of Higher Education Academy and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society for a valued contribution to historical research.

She has contributed in award-winning historical documentaries, such as The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family on BBC Two and Secrets d’Histoire in France. Committed to share her research with a broader audience, she has participated in BBC Radio 4 Great Lives and numerous podcasts (HistoryHit, NotJustTheTudors, Talking Tudors and many more).

She has written blogs for and the Wellcome Trust as well as participating in Teaching ressources such as RETEACH and Massolit Lectures. She is the author of Blood, Fire & Gold: The Story of Elizabeth I of England and Catherine de Medici published by Ebury Publishing, forthcoming Summer 2022 and of Elizabeth I of England Through Valois Eyes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).

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Dr Estelle Paranque's Research

Estelle has undertaken archival research in the UK and in France and is an expert on Elizabeth I of England and her relations with France. She is also an expert on queenship, royal, and diplomatic studies during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She has carried out research on other European monarchs including Isabel Clara Eugenia, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands, Henri III of France, Catherine de Médicis, and Elisabeth of Austria, Queen Consort of France. Estelle also has research interest in Anglo-French relations during the sixteenth century, monarchical representations in Europe and the Valois kings.

Estelle is also a public historian who has extensively shared her research with the public through different venues. She has filmed for TV (BBC TWO, Secrets d’Histoire, etc.), appeared on Radio (BBC FOUR GREAT LIVES) and BBC NEWS, recorded a great number of podcasts (History Hit, Not Just the Tudors, Talking Tudors, Tudor Dynasty, History Hack) and has written blogs ( and written and filmed teaching content for A-Level students (RETEACH, Massolit Lectures).

Selected Publications

Current projects under contract:

Blood, Fire, and Gold: The Story of Elizabeth I of England and Catherine de Medici, sole author, to be published by Ebury Press, forthcoming June 2022

Elizabeth I of England: Female King of England, sole author, to be published by Reaktion Books, forthcoming 2023-4.

Selected Books

Elizabeth I of England Through Valois Eyes: Power, Representation and Diplomacy in the Reign of the Queen, 1558-1588, sole author, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

Remembering Queens and Kings of Early Modern England and France: Reputation, Reinterpretation, and Reincarnation, sole editor, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

Forgotten Queens in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Political Agency, Myth-Making, and Patronage,co-editor with Dr Valerie Schutte (Routledge, 2018)

Colonization, Piracy & Trade in Early Modern Europe: The Roles of Powerful Women and Queens, co-editor with Dr Nate Probasco and Professor Claire Jowitt (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Journal Articles and Chapters in Scholarly Edited Collections

‘Devotion, Influence, and Loyalty: Re-evaluating Queen Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont’s political and diplomatic role in early modern France’, Early Modern Women Journal, accepted, forthcoming Fall 2021.

‘Catherine of Medici and her Grandmotherhood: Building Emotional and Political Intergenerational Relationships’, Renaissance Studies Journal, Vol. 34:4 (2020); 412-429.

‘Royal Representations Through the Warrior and Father Figures in Early Modern Europe’ in Elena Woodacre et al (eds.), History of Monarchy (London: Routledge, 2019)

‘Queen Elizabeth I and the Elizabethan Court in the French Ambassador’s Eyes’ in Anya Riehl-Bertolet (ed), Queens Matter in Early Modern Studies: Essays in Honor of Professor Carole Levin (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, November 2017)

‘Another Spare to the French Crown: Henry III of France’s Self-Representation and Royal Authority’ in Valerie Schutte (ed), Unexpected Heirs in Early Modern Europe: Potential Kings and Queens (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, September 2017)

‘The Significance of the King’s Children in The Tudors’ with Carole Levin in William B Robison (ed), The Tudors, Sex, Politics, and Power: History, Fiction and Artistic License in the Showtime Television Series (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

‘The Representations and Ambiguities of the Warlike Female Kingship of Elizabeth I of England’ in Katherine Buchanan and Lucinda Dean (eds), Medieval and Early Modern Representations of Authority in Scotland and Great Britain (London: Routledge, 2016)

‘Catherine of Medici: Henry III’s inspiration to be a Father to his People’ in Elena Woodacre and Carey Fleiner (eds), Royal Mothers and their Ruling Children: Wielding Political Authority from Antiquity to the Early Modern Era (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Public Engagement

Estelle Paranque is represented by Rachel Conway from Georgina Capel Associates. She has recorded many podcasts, contributed to blogs and history magazines, and filmed for HistoryHit, Secrets d’HistoireFrance 2/3. Her research has featured in The Sunday Telegraph and The Daily Telegraph.

Here is a list of her public engagement since 2015:

“The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family”, BBC TWO (3-episode historical documentary)

“Rival Queens: Elizabeth and Catherine”, NOT JUST THE TUDORS



Catherine de Medici: The Serpent Queen’s Life“, HISTORY EXTRA

Anne Boleyn Through the Centuries: A Woman For All Seasons?“, ARTUK


“The Celebrity Physician and the Plague,” Wellcome Trust

French Resistance Anniversary for BBC NEWS and BBC WORLD NEWS

“Charles de Lorme: French Physician and Inventor of the “Plague Prevention Costume,” ArtUK

YouTube Live for History Hit on the Valois Dynasty

History Hack Podcast: Elizabeth and her Image

Tudors Dynasty Podcast with Rebecca Larson

Six wives or six victims? Henry VIII’s unusual marital arrangements, story for ARTUK

Henrietta Maria of France, Charles I’s Queen, story for ARTUK

Secrets d’Histoire, Mary I of England. Filmed/interviewed on four different locations

Elizabeth I and Europe, for HistoryHit podcast

BBC History Magazine, “Elizabeth I’s Unlikely Ally”

BBC History Podcast, Monarchy and Faith in Tudor England, with Dr Emma Wells.

BBC News Live, Notre Dame

Helen Carr’s podcast Hidden Histories, Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart

BBC Radio 4, Greats Lives, Catherine de Medici

Discussion on Mary Queen of Scots movie with Professor Suzannah Lipscomb, Viral History

Two Queens in One Isle: The Real Story of Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I of England, History Scotland

Secret relationship between ‘Virgin Queen” Elizabeth and French ambassador revealed, by Helena Norton, The Daily Telegraph, page 6

Interviewed for a Japanese historical documentary on Elizabeth and Mary

Podcast on Elizabeth I, Talking Tudors

Elizabeth’s secret aid to embattled French king, by Helena Norton, The Sunday Telegraph, page 3

Was Elizabeth the Greatest Monarch? Viral History

Participated in History Showoff, Elizabeth I Secrets d’Histoire (French national TV documentary with 3 million viewers)

Research Activity

Research interests: Elizabeth I of England, Anglo-French relations during the sixteenth century, monarchical representations, the Valois kings, queenship.

Dr Estelle Paranque's Teaching

Teaching Courses


Britain and the World: Interaction and Empire

1st Year Courses:

Sixteenth-Century England: Course Leader and sole tutor 

2nd Year Courses:

History Heritage and Memory

3rd Year Courses:

Cross-Cultural Encounter in the Early Modern World: Course Leader and sole tutor

Previous Teaching Experience

AT Northeastern University London:

MA Courses:


Public History: Course Leader

BEFORE Northeastern University London:

Course Lecturer & Seminar Leader, King’s College London (2016 – 2017)

Associate Lecturer and Module Leader, University of Winchester (2016 – 2017)

Graduate Teaching Assistant on Power, King’s College London (2014 – 2016)

Graduate Teaching Assistant and oral examiner, University College London (2015)

French Language Instructor and Module Leader, Queen Mary University of London (2010 – 2013)

Tutor in Early Modern Britain and in American History, Aix-Marseille University (2009 – 2010)

Professional Activity

Attended Kings and Queens 8 Conference, Catania, June 2019

Member of the Royal Studies Network, Queen Elizabeth I Society

Invited to French Wars of Religion Conference, York, July 2018

Attended the Queen’s House Conference, London, April 2018

Attended the Kings & Queens 7 Conference, Winchester, July 2018

Languages Spoken

Fluent in English and French. Proficient in Spanish and Italian.