White Queen

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 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 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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‘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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