Mary Queen of Scots or Catherine de Medici: who is Elizabeth I of England’s ultimate rival?

12 May 2022
Dr Estelle Paranque explores the rivalry between three of 16th-century Europe's most powerful queens, asking: who is Elizabeth's ultimate rival?

14 June 2022, 2pm UK time


The deadly rivalry between Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots is well known, but this turbulent period of history also produced a third powerful queen: Catherine de Medici - a formidable woman whose children went on to shape the dynasties of Europe.

In this talk, Dr Estelle Paranque will discuss the rivalry between the three queens and explain why Catherine’s true role as a potential rival to Elizabeth I has been overlooked. 

Join us for an intriguing look at 16th-century power struggles in the royal courts of Europe.

Event details

Dr Estelle Paranque will present a c.45-minute online talk at 2pm on 14 June, followed by 30 minutes of questions from the audience. The webinar will be recorded and made available to ticket-holders for 7 days after the broadcast. Book your place here.

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The event will be chaired by author and historian Dr Louise Heren, History Scotland's reviews editor.

Registration fee: £10. Starts 2pm UK time. To find the start time in your time zone, visit TimeAndDate.

Speaker details

Estelle Paranque, PhD, FHEA, FRHistS, is Assistant Professor in Early Modern and Public History at NCH at Northeastern (London Campus) and Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, Warwick University. She is the author of Blood, Fire and Gold: the story of Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici (Ebury Publishing, 30 June 2022) and Elizabeth I of England Through Valois Eyes: Power, Representation, and Diplomacy in the Reign of the Queen, 1558-1588 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).