“declared herself as our enemy”: Crisis, Confrontation, and Secret Correspondence, 1584–1588

  • Estelle Paranque
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


This chapter examines the French royal family’s mounting distrust of Elizabeth in this period of domestic crisis. Some old grievances resurfaced—such as suspicions that the English queen was sending aid to the Huguenots and doing little to stop English pirates’ attacks on French vessels—but the French diplomatic correspondence also reveals a court that was riven by indecision over how to react to the various conspiracies that threatened Elizabeth’s life and faced the dilemma of imperiling the Anglo-French alliance or abandoning Mary Stuart to her fate. This chapter reveals Henry III’s desperate efforts to preserve the Anglo-French alliance amid the domestic turmoil that would eventually claim his life and confirm the end of the Valois dynasty.

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  • Estelle Paranque
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  1. 1.New College of the HumanitiesLondonUK

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