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Research Interests

Tudor History - Diplomatic Studies - Queenship Studies -  Women Studies 

Latest News

BLOOD FIRE & GOLD is now OUT in the UK and in the US

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Latest book: BLOOD FIRE &  GOLD: The Story of Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici

In sixteenth-century Europe, two women came to hold all the power, against all the odds.

They were Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici.

One a Virgin Queen who ruled her kingdom alone, and the other a clandestine leader who used her children to shape the dynasties of Europe, much has been written about these iconic women. But nothing has been said of their complicated relationship: thirty years of friendship, competition and conflict that changed the face of Europe.

Latest academic journal article, Spring 2022

Devotion, Influence, and Loyalty: Re-evaluating Queen Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont’s political and diplomatic role in early modern 

Early Modern Women Journal, Vol 16. 2. 

Recent public engagement events:

Filmed for BBC History, December 2022, released in February 2023

The Serpent Queen, STARZ review for History Extra

The Two Elizabeth, Engelsberg Ideas

Participated in Literary Festivals, Wigtown Festival, Warwick Words among others

Photo credit: Nick St.John Gill.

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