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1. A New Queen of England, 1558-61
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about Elizabeth’s relations with France at the very beginning of her reign, focusing in particular on: (i) the difference between the Anglo-centric view of Elizabeth and the view we get from the French sources; (ii) Elizabeth’s desire to maintain friendly relations with France in this period, especially in light of the rapid ascent of Spain; (iii) the tensions between France, England and Scotland in this period, particularly the issues surrounding the figure of Mary, Queen of Scots; (iv) Elizabeth’s anger at Mary, Queen of Scots’ claims to be the rightful queen of England; and (v) the need for an alliance between England and France, but the lack of trust between the two crowns.
In this course, Dr Estelle Paranque (New College of the Humanities) explores the reign of Elizabeth I through the eyes of the French monarchy. In the first module, we think about the French perception of Elizabeth at the very beginning of her reign, before turning into the second and third modules to explore the various marriage negotiations that took place between France and England in the period 1564-81. In the fourth module, we think about the relationship between Elizabeth I and Catherine de’ Medici, before turning in the fifth module to explore the unexpected friendship that arose between Elizabeth and Henry III of France. Finally, in the sixth module, we explore French perceptions of Elizabeth’s support for Protestants on the Continent, and the extent to which this undermined relations with the (Catholic) French monarchy.
Dr Estelle Paranque is Lecturer in Early Modern History at the New College of the Humanities in London. The main focus of her research is Elizabeth I and her relations with France, though she also has a more general interest in Anglo-French relations during the sixteenth century, monarchical representations in Europe, and the Valois kings. Her most recent book, Elizabeth I of England Through Valois Eyes: Power, Representation and Diplomacy in the Reign of the Queen, 1558-1588 (2019) focuses on the perception of Elizabeth I of England by the French royal family and their ambassadors from 1568 to 1588.
Cite this Lecture
Paranque, E. (2021, February 08). The Tudors – Elizabeth I and France, 1558-88 - A New Queen of England, 1558-61 [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-tudors-elizabeth-i-and-france-1558-98/a-new-queen-of-england-1558-61
Paranque, Estelle. "The Tudors – Elizabeth I and France, 1558-88 – A New Queen of England, 1558-61." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 08 Feb 2021, https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-tudors-elizabeth-i-and-france-1558-98/a-new-queen-of-england-1558-61