When I saw the trailer for The White Queen, a Starz original series airing Saturdays at 9pm ET/PT, I couldn’t help myself as my obsession of history and a fancy for star crossed lovers took hold.
It didn’t take long for me to consume all 10 episodes of the mini series online before the show has even fully aired in the US. The riveting storyline pulled me in with its addictive tales of love, lust and betrayal in 15th century England.
Based on Philippa Gregory’s international best-selling novels “The Cousins’ War”, the show follows a feud between two sides of the same family, The House of York and The House of Lancaster, in their quest to rule a torn country.
The story begins as the young York King Edward, played by Max Irons (The Host, Red Riding Hood), falls in love with a commoner from The House of Lancaster, Elizabeth Woodville, played by Rebecca Ferguson.
From the moment King Edward pledges his burning desire for Elizabeth, the tides of history begin to change. The love affair resulting in a hasty and secret marriage creates a ripple effect, sparking outrage of nearly everyone in the kingdom.
Surprisingly, the show follows the history books quite well, unlike many others. During that time period, the idea of a commoner marrying a king was unheard of and certainly was not welcome especially when it came King Edward’s uncle in this story, The Earl of Warwick also known as The Kingmaker.
As the show progresses, the audience is pulled into the ruthless agenda of three main women, Queen Elizabeth Woodville , Lady Margaret Beaufort portrayed by Amanda Hale, and Lady Anne Neville played by Faye Marsay, all of whom give accurate representation of the show’s tagline, “Men go to battle. Women wage war.”
And what’s medieval times without a little magic?
The White Queen Although the series is surprisingly fast, covering months in a single episode, the twists and turns will keep you guessing as the agendas of every character comes to light, even those you thought of as friends. The rivals in this story literally have an ax to grind as their endeavors soak the throne in blood.
The strong influence of the women in this show is almost deafening. In their quest for the ultimate power, the women of England will manipulate, deceive and beguile their way into becoming the highest of royalty.
As Queen Elizabeth once told King Edward , “I am a match for any man.”
The White Queen is a masterpiece that delves into the hidden lives of the royals, illuminating the war that won’t be won on the battlefield. It’s a show presenting how oppressed women in the 15th century wielded their influence in a society who sought only to silence them.