Happy Friday Novas! As mentioned a few posts ago, I was recently sick and found myself binge watching a series on Starz called The White Queen! It’s no secret that I love watching period pieces like Reign, The Tudors, Versailles, etc. The White Queen falls right in to that time as well.
It’s funny, I actually first came across this story from my friend’s fiance. She has a crazy book collection and let me borrow some books to read. She has a collection of Phillipa Gregory books that are historical fiction. Since its right up my alley, I of course grabbed a few of the books. The White Princess, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter. The same day I saw a commercial for The White Princess and knew it was my book coming to the screen. Fast forward I’ve watched 3 episodes of the White Princess and had to stop because its currently showing. But Starz recommended The White Queen and voila I’ve completed the show! The White Queen starts before the White Princess in history.
Story: This 10 episode series follows the life of Elizabeth Woodville and her secret marriage to King Edward IV. Since the now Queen of England’s family were middle class commoners, the English Court was in an uproar. One of the outrage subjects was Richard Neville who earned the title of “Kingmaker” due to his ability to, well to get a king placed on the throne. He had been Edward’s right hand man in his climb towards the throne where Henry VI was de-throned. The “War of the Roses” starts here. Normally you think of Henry VII teaming up with the House of Lancaster to take down the House of York, but the blood and violence runs deeper than that. Both houses bear the sigil of the Rose, one House with a White Rose and the other with the Red.
Characters: I thoroughly enjoy the development of the characters in the series. You have the 3 brothers Edward (The King), George (The favorite) and Richard (The Loyal) of the royal house. Each brother takes on the characteristics listed above. There are also the 3 main female characters of Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville. Richard Neville (Anne’s father) plays a large role in the series as well. here’s plenty of drama and even treason boiling between the characters of the series. You have everyone reaching for the throne and trying to carry favor with King Edward, what’s a monarch to do?
Historical Accuracy: I didn’t know much about Edward IV other than his brother was Richard III who fell in the War of the Roses, allowing Henry VII to ascend the throne. This story was completely new to me. After a few episodes I started researching what events are documented (because who knows what really happened right?). The events in this series seems to match up well. What I found particularly interesting is that in this series (and the following White Princess series) both took different takes on the “Princes In The Tower” story. Since we can only speculate what happened, it’s nice that both sides were presented. There’s also another take on Richard III’s position towards the Crown that is commonly debated. The general timeline is followed however, since it is fiction here’s more drama inserted to make the series Starz worthy.
Acting: I’ve really enjoyed the acting in this series. The only thing that bothers me is that the accents of some characters do not seem as genuine. It doesn’t really detour from the plot of the story so it is bearable. I like the sometimes gory scene or childbirth or battle. Watching from all 3 perspectives of Elizabeth, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville is really interesting as well. Their dynamic really brings the story alive in my opinion. The main plot revolves around Elizabeth, however, the links that each woman takes towards securing the throne is well represented.
This is the section of my reviews in which I list my main reasons that you should watch or “Play” the series and reasons why you may like to “Skip” this series.
- You love historical fiction and watching the drama of Royals
- A well acted plot and interesting timeline of events
- A short, binge worthy series with a glimpse of historical events
- If you have a niche for English accents lol
- Not a fan of period dramas
- If you’re looking for a longer series (10-1 hour episodes, although the series links to The White Princess).
Thank you for reading my review! This weekend I will have the Extreme Rules Predictions post and Wonder Woman movie review! Have you seen The White Queen? Are you a fan of historical fiction and if so, what are some of your favorite series? What are you currently binge watching? Next week: Riverdale! Let’s talk historical fiction!