On the 23rd September, NCH and the History Society had the pleasure of hosting the book launch for our own lecturer in history Dr. Estelle Paranque, and historian Dr. Michael Questier. Their books, Remembering Queens and Kings of Early Modern England and France: Reputation, Reinterpretation (Paranque), Dynastic Politics and the British Reformations 1558-1630 (Questier), and All Hail to the Archpriest: Confessional Conflict, Toleration, and the Politics of Publicity in Post-Reformation England (Questier), give an insight into the politics and power struggles in early modern England and France.
The evening itself welcomed many fantastic faces such as historian Hallie Rubenhold, who has previously been in conversation with Estelle at the university about her latest book studying the victims of Jack the Ripper, and Lindsey Fitzharris, who on the 11 th November will be giving a talk on Joseph Lister and the turn in medicine of the nineteenth century (free for NCH students, sign up if interested, tickets are selling fast!), as well as coverage for the Telegraph, and of course our dedicated History Society members.
A glass of prosecco in hand – and some snacks up for grabs too! – it didn’t take long for conversation to take off, whether that was about research into Elizabeth I’s relationship with France or Jacobean religious reformations, or even the prospect of getting back into one essay a week. The only things
that could bring conversations to a halt were the speeches from our authors, introduced by our society’s leader, Teoni. Estelle and Michael gave an emotive talk about the huge amounts of dedication and patience it took to write their books, which, I think I can safely say has made us all fascinated to delve into their works and see what it’s all about.
To give you all a quick insight:
- Estelle’s book, Remembering Queens and Kings of Early Modern England and France, is a collection of chapters from varying historians, split into three sections. The first is focused on the monarchs’ reputations in premodern literature, including comparisons of Boudicca to Elizabeth I and the legacy of Edward VI. The second is on art and its connotations, and the
third is on the reimagining’s of these monarch in popular culture.
- Michael’s Dynastic Politics focuses on topics such as the emergence of religious dissent in the late sixteenth century, foreign policies concerning England, France and the Netherlands, the Stuart Succession and Parliamentary Conflict concerning religious reformation.
- Michael’s other publication, All Hail the Archpriest, which he shared in authorship with Peter Lake, explores the debates about, amongst other things, the succession and the Reformation settlement around the sixteenth and seventeenth century known collectively as the ‘Archpriest controversy’.
The evening was an excellent coming together of history lovers, academics and students alike, to celebrate some exciting new areas of research. Can’t wait for the next time!