About Dr Estelle Paranque

Dr Paranque is a Lecturer in Early Modern History. She joined NCH in September 2017 having previously taught at King’s College London, University of Winchester and UCL. Estelle delivers the undergraduate courses “Sixteenth Century England” and “Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Early Modern World.” She also contributes lectures, seminars, and tutorials in “Britain and the Wider World”, “History, Heritage and Memory” and “Power and Politics”.

Estelle is also the Officer/Lead Instructor for the History Faculty.


PHD in Early Modern History, UCL (2016)

MA in History (First Distinction), Aix Marseille University (2010)

BA in English History & Literature, Aix Marseille University (2008)


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2019)

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (2019)

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (2019)




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’s latest book focuses on the perception of Elizabeth I of England by the French royal family and their ambassadors from 1568 to 1588. She has published a monograph entitled Elizabeth I of England Through Valois Eyes: Power, Representation, and Diplomacy in the Reign of the Queen, 1558-1588.




Elizabeth I of England Through Valois Eyes: Power, Representation and Diplomacy in the Reign of the Queen, 1558-1588 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

Encyclopedia of Elizabeth I, co-authored with Carole Levin (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming 2021)


Edited Collections

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

‘Catherine of Medici and her Grandmotherhood: Building Emotional and Political Intergenerational Relationships’Renaissance Studies, 2019.



Estelle Paranque talking about the veracity of the Mary Queen of Scots film on ‘Viral History’, see video here

Estelle Paranque talking about Elizabeth I on ‘Talking Tudors

BBC RADIO 4, Great Lives, Catherine de Medici with Matthew Parris and Helen Lewis, April 2019.

BBC History, The Tudors: Church vs State, with Dr Emma Wells, May 2019.

Elizabeth I and Westminster, Hidden Histories with Helen Carr, April 2019,

Elizabeth’s Tilbury Speech, The Birth of a Warrior Queen,, August 2019,

Elizabeth’s Unlikely French ally, BBC History Magazine, September 2019

Elizabeth I and Europe, History Hit Podcast with Dan Snow, September 2019,


Book Chapters

‘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)


Research Activity

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


Currently in progress:

Two journal articles. One on Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont and one on the court politics at the end of Elizabeth I’s reign.

Her next academic project on Royal Favourites: Scandal and Political Allegiances at early modern courts. It examines the political and diplomatic roles of French and English royal mistresses and their illegitimate sons during the early modern period and how they used their personal and political networks to establish their power at court and beyond.

A popular history book on Elizabeth and her French Rival: Catherine de Medici. Estelle’s agent is Rachel Conway from Georgina Capel Associates.

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 

Britain and the Wider World

2nd Year Courses:

History Heritage and Memory

3rd Year Courses:

Power and Politics

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

MA Courses:

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


Estelle is currently working on developing a new MA on Queenship.


Teaching Experience

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

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.