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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 will be delivering the undergraduate courses “Sixteenth Century England” and “Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Early Modern World.” She will also be contributing lectures, seminars, and tutorials in “Britain and the Wider World”, “History, Heritage and Memory” and “Power and Politics”.


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)



Dr Estelle Paranque's Research

Estelle’s research focuses on the perception of Elizabeth I of England by the French royal family and their ambassadors from 1568 to 1588. She is now working on a monograph entitled Elizabeth I of England Through Valois Eyes: Power, Representation, and Diplomacy in the Reign of the Queen, 1558-1588 which will be published by Palgrave in 2018.

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 has also 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.



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

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

Edited Collections

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


Estelle Paranque talking about Elizabeth I on ‘Talking Tudors’

Book Chapters

‘Royal Representations Through the Warrior and Father Figures in Early Modern Europe’ in Elena Woodacre (ed), History of Monarchy (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2018)

‘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)

Dr Estelle Paranque's Teaching

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)