“her so evil and dangerous will”: Long Live the Queen and Diplomatic Games 1558–1565
This chapter analyzes how France pursued peace with England in the aftermath of the latter’s recent loss of Calais and notwithstanding the English military incursion into Scotland. We learn that the French rulers and their ambassadors repeatedly expressed their willingness to be good neighbors in their efforts to forge a strong and stable alliance with England. Next, the chapter examines how the French royal family had to adapt to Elizabeth’s unprecedented status as an independent female ruler and considers their perceptions of her as a young, inexperienced queen. Perhaps predictably, we find that their perceptions were tinged with suspicion.