Dr Estelle Paranque is an Associate Professor in History at Northeastern University London as well as an Honorary Research Fellow within the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick. She earned a PhD in Early Modern European History from University College London in 2016. She has participated in international historical TV documentaries including the BBC TWO dock-drama ‘The Boleyns’ (2021) ‘Secrets d’Histoire’ (France, 2015 and 2016) and ‘Elizabeth and Mary’ (Japan, 2018), as well as the history podcasts ‘On The Tudor Trail’, ‘HistoryHit’ and ‘Not Just the Tudors’.
Estelle is a historian who is truly passionate about history and her areas of expertise: Elizabethan and royal studies. She is the author of the first full-length study on Elizabeth and the French monarchs, entitled Elizabeth I of England Through Valois Eyes: Power, Representation, and Diplomacy in the Reign of the Queen, 1558-1588, recently published by Palgrave Macmillan. She has published co-edited collections on Remembering Queens and Kings in Early Modern England and France (2019), Colonization, Privacy and Trade in Early Modern Europe: The Roles of Powerful Women and Queens (2017) and Forgotten Queens in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Political Agency, Myth-making, and Patronage (2018). She has published several essays and academic journal articles on Elizabeth I of England, Henri III of France, Catherine de Medici and other female European leaders.
Her research has been featured in the Sunday Telegraph and she has been interviewed by The Telegraph, The Times, BBC Scotland (Radio), among others. Estelle’s article on Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I will be published in December by History Scotland.
Her latest book, Blood, Fire and Gold: The story of Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici, was published by Ebury Press on 30 June 2022 and by Hachette Group on 6 December 2023 (US). It was named The Times Book of the Week, The Times Best Books of Summer 2022, History Today Books of the Year 2022, Smithsonian Magazine 10 Best History Books of 2022, Amazon, Editor's Pick for Best History Books of the Month (December 2022).