Dr Estelle Paranque will be talking about Anne Boleyn’s tumultuous relationship with France


I can’t think of a better person to talk about Anne Boleyn’s relationship with France, which, of course started in 1514, than Dr Estelle Paranque. I’m so happy to have Estelle speaking at my 10-day Anne Boleyn event, “Anne Boleyn, the Woman who Changed England” which starts soon.

It’s not too late to sign up!

Anne Boleyn spent her formative years in France, first serving Mary Tudor, Queen of France and wife of Louis XII, and then his daughter, Queen Claude of France, wife of Francis I.

These seven years in France had a huge influence on Anne, the woman she became and the queen consort she was, and in her talk, Dr Estelle Paranque discusses how Anne Boleyn’s upbringing in France changed the course of her life.

Dr Estelle Paranque is a historian, author and assistant professor of history. She has extensively published on the Tudors and the Valois.

She completed her PhD in Early Modern History at University College London in 2016 and turned it into a monograph that was published in November 2018 by Palgrave Macmillan: “Elizabeth I of England Through Valois Eyes: Power, Representation, and Diplomacy in the Reign of the Queen, 1558-1588”.

Estelle has always had a passion for history and particularly for queens and diplomacy.

​She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also a co-convenor of the Tudor and Stuart Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research in London. She has been teaching at university level for the last nine years and is dedicated to sharing her passion for history with the next generation.

​Her research interests are royal and diplomatic studies. She works on Anglo-French relations during Elizabeth’s reign and on monarchical representations during the early modern period.

She also works on Catherine de Medici and the Valois kings and their consorts.

Estelle has participated in the popular historical documentary “Secrets d’Histoire” on France 2, the BBBC’s “The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family”, BBC Radio 4, and numerous podcasts (BBC History, Viral History, Hidden Stories with Helen Carr for HistoryHit).

Estelle is currently a Lecturer in Early Modern History at New College of the Humanities at Northeastern where she teaches courses on Early Modern Britain, Early Modern Europe, and the Early Modern World. Her next book “Blood, Fire and Gold: the story of Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici” will be published by Ebury in June 2022.

Estelle’s talk is wonderful and she will also be joining us for a live Q&A session.

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