The White Queen Episode Three Review – “The Storm”


Amanda Hale as Margaret Beaufort in The White Queen. ©Starz Promotional Images.

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 accept Warwick and George being forgiven, so she terrorizes the  terrified Neville sisters while they are in her service. Meanwhile Margaret’s own plotting in uncovered and Stafford is stripped of his office. Warwick and George nip off to stir their cauldron, and another rebellion is born. This time Stafford refuses to send men to Warwick’s aid, causing Margaret to cry and rant yet again while Jasper adopts his manly look. Edward wins this battle, but Warwick and George flee to Calais, forcing all the women on board, including a heavily pregnant Isabel. Elizabeth and Jacquetta conjure a little magic to cause a storm, and Warwick’s ship is plunged into danger with tragic consequences.

The Good – The birth of Isabel’s baby on board the storm-tossed ship was just as dramatic as it was in the book. The image of her mother holding the dead baby while Isabel lay among sheets soaked with her own blood was heartbreaking.

The Bad – Margaret Beaufort this week goes from plotting, to snogging her brother-in-law, to then manipulating and seducing her hapless husband. Yuck. As for Isabel, “confinement” means exactly that. A woman was not in confinement just because she was close to giving birth, Isabel should actually have been locked up in a dark stuffy room five weeks before she was due to give birth. Not swanning about the castle telling people she was in confinement.

The Ugly – Speaking of hapless old Stafford, who spends most of his time looking sadly out of windows, they’re doing as much of a number on him as they have on his wife. Philippa Gregory had no record of Stafford’s thoughts but tried to base his actions on her research and what other men had thought at the time. Men who were concerned with what was better for the realm rather than who was the “rightful” King. They may have tried to make out like Margaret is being unreasonable with her usual clownish hysterics, but they’ve also succeed in making Stafford look like a weak fool who grovels for his wife’s affections and must watch sadly from the sidelines as she yearns for someone else.

By Olga Hughes.

Olga Hughes enjoys Philippa Gregory and history, to the horror of many. She runs the online magazine Nerdalicious with her partner C.S. Hughes.

Olga Hughes

Olga runs the online magazine Nerdalicious with her partner C.S. Hughes. Nerdalicious is the best source of Game of Thrones and other pop culture news, including books, film, sci-fi and medieval history.

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