Research Interests

Tudor History - Elizabethan Studies - Queenship Studies -  Monarchical Representations - Anglo-French Relations - Diplomatic Studies

Latest News

BLOOD FIRE & GOLD is now available for PRE-ORDER: Click on the cover! 

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BLOOD FIRE &  GOLD: The Story of Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici - 30 June 2022 

Ebury Publishing pre-empts biography of two sixteenth-century queens.

The book will explore the relationship between the British and French queens from their rivalry to their friendship, as well as how they wielded and negotiated power in the 16th century.

Drury commented: "From the opening page of Estelle’s proposal I was completely compelled. When we think of Elizabeth’s rivalries, we often think of Mary Stuart — but in fact Elizabeth’s long association with Catherine de Medici tells us even more about her character, and her style of leadership. In Estelle’s vivid storytelling, which has the colour and pace of the best historical fiction, we’ll discover a new side to one of Britain’s best-known monarchs. It will be a brilliant book and we can't wait to publish it."

Academic Monograph:

Elizabeth I of England Through Valois Eyes: Power, Representation, and Diplomacy in the Reign of the Queen 1558-1588 (Palgrave Macmillan, November 2018)paperback published in March 2021

Academic latest edited collection:

Remembering Queens and Kings in Early Modern France and England: Reputation, Reinterpretation, and Reincarnation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) - paperback published in August 2020

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Photo credit: Nick St.John Gill.

Academic latest journal article:

Catherine de Medici’s Grandmotherhood: The Building of Emotional and Political Intergenerational Relationships, Renaissance Studies Journal, Vol. 34:3; 412-429.

Public Engagement:

August 2022: BBC2 The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family

1 July 2021: TALKINGTUDOR PODCAST: Elizabeth I

27 May 2021: HISTORYEXTRA Catherine de Medici: The Serpent Queen's Life

19 May 2021: ARTUK Anne Boleyn Through the Centuries: A Woman For All Seasons?

14 May 2021: HISTORYEXTRA: Queens Know Best

10 May 2021: ARTUK Princess to Queen to Guillotine: The Tragic Fate of Marie-Antoinette

3 December 2020: ARTUK Ambassadorial Receptions: The Diplomatic Art of Maintaining Good Relations

3 December 2020: WELLCOME TRUST The Doctor Who Challenged the Unicorn Myth

Upcoming Projects

Next academic research project:

Royal Favourites
Scandal and Political Allegiances at Early Modern Courts

In preparation.

Academic journal article:

'Devotion, Influence, and Loyalty: Re-evaluating Queen Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont's political and diplomatic role in early modern France', accepted in Early Modern Women Journal, forthcoming Spring 2022.