Elizabeth I of England through Valois Eyes

Power, Representation, and Diplomacy in the Reign of the Queen, 1558–1588

  • Estelle Paranque

Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

About this book


This book examines the first thirty years of Elizabeth I’s reign from the perspective of the Valois kings, Charles IX and Henri III of France. Estelle Paranque sifts through hundreds of French letters and ambassadorial reports to construct a fuller picture of early modern Anglo-French relations, highlighting key events such as the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, the imprisonment and execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the victory of England over the Spanish Armada in 1588. By drawing on a wealth of French sources, she illuminates the French royal family’s shifting perceptions of Elizabeth I and suggests new conclusions about her reign.


Elizabeth I and France Valois and Elizabeth I French royal family Anglo-French relations Charles IX Henry III Victory of the Spanish Armada Tudor Queens Anglo-French relations under Elizabeth I Valois kings St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre Mary Stuart's execution

Authors and affiliations

  • Estelle Paranque
    • 1
  1. 1.New College of the HumanitiesLondonUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-01528-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-01529-9
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