Dr Estelle Paranque

Blood, Fire and Gold

County Buildings
Sun 25 Sep
16:30 UK

In 16th-century Europe, two women came to hold all the power, against all the odds. Dr Estelle Paranque reveals the remarkable story of Elizabeth I and Catherine de Medici, one a Virgin Queen ruling her kingdom alone, the other a clandestine leader who used her children to shape the dynasties of Europe. She’ll tell us about their complicated relationship, encompassing thirty years of friendship, competition and conflict which changed the face of Europe. Love and rivalry, blood and fire, wisdom and power, with Blood, Fire and Gold comes an entirely new chapter in the well-worn story of the sixteenth century. 

About the Author

Dr Estelle Paranque is an Assistant Professor in History at New College of the Humanities. She has participated in several international historical TV documentaries, including BBC Two's The Boleyns: A Scandalous Family where she shared her knowledge of Anglo-French relations under Henry VIII's reign.

Copies of Dr Estelle Paranque's book Blood, Fire and Gold are available here.