Tudor History - Diplomatic Studies - Queenship Studies - Women Studies
BLOOD FIRE & GOLD is now OUT in the UK and in the US
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
France 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.