Introduction: In Valois Eyes
This chapter briefly discusses Elizabeth’s representations and explains how the whole book fits into the existent historiography. It also explains the importance of the state of Anglo-French relations when Elizabeth came to the throne and gives information on the French ambassadors who attended the English court between 1558 and 1588.
This chapter studies the way in which Elizabeth is perceived abroad, providing a necessary alternative to the familiar policy-led narratives, which are characterized by assumptions of stable diplomacy and business-as-usual among royal ambassadors. Detailed analysis of the corresponding French sources provides a complementary account and enables us to draw rather different conclusions.