‘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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Read What George RR Martin Reads, Bookstore

Are you tired of waiting for George RR Martin to release Winds of Winter? Maybe you are looking for a good book to read about the Wars of the Roses? Recently George RR Martin recommended some books he loves for readers waiting for the next Songs of Fire and Ice installment, “The Winds of Winter.” I’ve assembled George RR Martin’s extensive and fascinating recommendations plus some history books I love in an Amazon store on this site, which I’ve named…

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“Burn them! Burn them all!”

Before Game of Thrones begins, Robert’s Rebellion sends King’s Landing into chaos. While Lannister soldiers sack King’s Landing, the Mad King (Aerys Targaryen) sits on the Iron Throne ordering “Burn them! Burn them all!” over and over again. Finally, Jaime stops the cruelty by slaughtering the king he swore to protect – and permanently earning himself the epithet “the Kingslayer.”  (Somehow I picture the Mad King burning men in the throne room, but I could be wrong about this.) Given…

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The History Behind the White Queen

In honor of tonight’s US premiere of The White Queen on Starz, I’ve created a new site about The White Queen: history-behind-the-white-queen.com.  I’ve also added a White Queen Cheat Sheet and an Episode 1 Viewer’s guide to the site. The site is still a beta and under constructions. I’ve been having a lot of trouble with the web programming. My intention is to merge the two sites eventually.  

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