The White Queen

New books on Elizabeth of York: The True Story of the White Princess

Today Alison Weir’s latest book on Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World was released in the United States. I’ve been reading an advance copy, and it is marvelous. If you enjoyed my posts on Sansa, I highly recommend Weir’s book and Amy Licence’s new book (more below). Not to be effusive, but I think Alison Weir is truly at the height of her writing powers. She’s always been a great writer, so it is impressive her style…

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What Can We Expect from “The White Princess”?

Philippa Gregory has confirmed she is in talks with Starz to produce “Season Two” of The White Queen. While The White Queen show began as a co-production between the BBC and US company Starz, the BBC never intended to go beyond one season, treating it as a mini-series. Starz is hoping to develop The White Princess, the fifth novel in the best-selling Cousins’ War series. Obviously the show has been more popular in the United States than the United Kingdom….

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A Mixed Finale for “The White Queen”

It is clear that there was not enough money left in the budget to have more than twelve actors in the Battle of Bosworth. A somewhat anti-climatic final battle (because face it, we all knew what was coming) led to an even more anti-climatic ending. The finale of The White Queen was just a whole lot of nothing. We began with Elizabeth Woodville finally leaving sanctuary and going home. When Margaret Beaufort finds out Elizabeth has made peace with Richard…

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“The White Queen” – Episode 9 – The Princes in the Tower

It’s Stanley against the world! Plotting against Richard, plotting against the Rivers, his wife, Buckingham and his own beard, his delightful duplicity just about steals the show this week. I wasn’t sure whether or not to root for Stanley or feel sorry for Margaret Beaufort as he grins cheerfully and tells her she is under house arrest and her lands forfeit to him. The look of incredulity on her face when she exclaimed “You betrayed me to get my fortune!”…

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“The White Queen”: Episode 8 The King is Dead

I am longing to dance on the grave of Faye Marsay’s Anne Neville. In the writer’s attempt to portray her as Richard III’s Lady Macbeth, she spends most of this episode, whining, smirking, nagging and plotting, all whilst still looking fourteen and clad in her mother’s too-large dresses. This should have been the pivotal episode; Edward IV goes fishing, catches a cold and dies to everyone’s shock. It was sad to see the running joke from the book “Wife, to…

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“The White Queen” Episode 7: Poison and Malmsey Wine

This week’s episode was a strange mix ranging from the visually gorgeous to the slightly absurd to the somewhat creepy.  The show opened with Stanley, George and Richard watching Edward clumsily meddling with a couple of his mistresses. Good Richard, of course, remained impassive if somewhat uncomfortable. But if Stanley’s voyeuristic glee wasn’t creepy enough for you, there was the bizarre image of George methodically stroking his dog while gazing fixedly at his brother’s wanton antics. Perhaps George was channeling…

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White Queen: Episode Six “Love and Marriage”

In the aftermath of Tewkesbury, Anne Neville comes to court to beg forgiveness from Edward, who grants it easily while Elizabeth gives her best glower from the throne. Anne tries to plea for her mother, who is barricaded in sanctuary, to no avail, while Isabel tells her to forget her mother and show the Yorks her loyalty. Elizabeth throws a tantrum about the Neville sisters being forgiven, while Jacquetta tells her firmly to let it go. “England must have peace,”…

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“The White Queen” – Episode 5 – War at First Hand

Elizabeth has finally had a male heir to secure the York line, but Lancaster is back in power with Warwick placing a feeble Henry VI back on the throne. While Margaret Beaufort is a loyal Lancastrian, she laments “If it’s God’s will for Henry to be king, why does he put another obstacle in the way?” Edward sweeps into sanctuary, surprising Elizabeth in a joyful reunion and marveling at the sight of his son. George has fled France and Lancaster…

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The White Queen Episode Two – “The Price of Power”

It looks like cramming twenty years of the Wars of the Roses into ten episodes is going to be rather problematic. Elizabeth is already pregnant with the first of her ten York children by Edward. Warwick spends most of the episode plotting and calling Elizabeth a witch. Historically these accusations had yet to be made, but if Elizabeth is going to be an actual witch then I suppose we shall have to call her one. We get our first close look…

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The White Queen Episode Three Review – “The Storm”

Elizabeth is barricaded in the Tower with the children, while Warwick and George still have Edward under house arrest. Parliament is refusing to accept George as king and Warwick is forced to allow Edward to saunter away unharmed. Aneurin Barnard has developed a suitably earnest and loyal face for his portrayal of Richard III. Isabel has managed to get pregnant immediately, which prompts Elizabeth to practice some more witchcraft because she needs a boy this time. Elizabeth learns she must…

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