The White Queen

The White Queen Episode Four Review – “The Bad Queen”

Where the hell is Hastings, by the way? Elizabeth is feeling guilty about Isabel losing her baby in the storm. Margaret Beaufort is being slightly hysterical somewhere. Warwick and George have made it to France, Isabel has lost her baby, and Warwick is planning to restore Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou to the throne. George has a sulk. Elizabeth gets wind of it and along with Jacquetta, convinces Duchess Cecily to lure George home to Edward and weaken the…

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A Clash of Queens – “Game of Thrones” vs. “The White Queen”

It’s a genre clash bigger than Bosworth. With months and months to go before Game of Thrones Season Four hits our screens, fans are going over the televised ten-part adaptation of The Cousins’ War series by Philippa Gregory, The White Queen. It might be easy to assume that because it is set in medieval England during the Wars of the Roses, Game of Thrones fans will like it. However a few episodes in many fans are finding that they’re not,…

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Seven Historical Inaccuracies in “The White Queen” Costumes and Sets

Admittedly, I love The White Queen. I’ve read the comments in The Guardian. I cringe at the sometimes <ahem> creative versions of some historical events. And, I often roll my eyes at the magic. But, I still love it. Although some reviewers have criticized the show for its Disney-like cleanliness, it has significantly better sets than many period pieces. Some costumes are frankly stupendous and they really get them right. However, there are some historical inaccuracies in the costumes and…

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‘The White Queen’ Episode 3 Recap: Stormy Times Ahead for Isabel

As this week’s episode opens, Warwick and George have betrayed Edward and are attempting to oust him from power. Last week, although imprisoned by Warwick, Edward got a message to Elizabeth and warned her to flee. If George has a boy, all will be lost. Fearing for her life after Warwick executed her father and brother, Elizabeth and her children have barricaded themselves in the Tower of London, preparing for a siege.  As the show begins, Elizabeth frets about Edward’s safety and…

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Seven Ways Edward IV Was Like a Modern Politician

Although Edward IV is a central part of the story in The White Queen, his character is still somewhat elusive. The White Queen’s focus is on the women. The king, although dominant, is almost a secondary character. Edward IV presents a paradox. In The White Queen, he is the great romantic hero who married for love and yet he is also a known “lecher.” What was the real Edward IV like? In some ways, he was similar to the archetype…

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The White Queen – Episode 2 Recap: “The Price of Power”

Episode 2 of The White Queen is episode is extremely fast-paced and essentially flies through the 1460s. It begins with Elizabeth Woodville’s coronation… After witnessing Elizabeth run an emotional gauntlet in Episode 1, Episode 2 opens with Elizabeth firmly on the path to consolidating her position. It’s the morning of Elizabeth’s coronation: she is pregnant and dazzlingly golden in her magnificent pearl and gold brocade gown. Warwick and Edward’s brother George (Clarence) meet up with her to accompany her to…

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