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The White Queen (Starz - 2013) Mini Series based on Philippa Gregory Novels

The White Queen is based on a series of historical fiction novels by author, Philippa Gregory.  The backdrop of the story is the bitter and violent struggle of the War of the Roses (House of York versus House of Lancaster lineage) beginning in 1464 with the nation at war for the last nine years fighting cousin against cousin over who is the rightful heir to the throne of England.  And, when the a victor is named, loyalty by most is thrown out the window and instead power and greed is eagerly sought after from the spoils of war and kingship. 

The White Queen covers three books- The White Queen - Elizabeth Woodville,  The Red Queen - Margaret Beaufort, and The Kingmaker's Daughter - Anne Neville.  The focus of the three powerful women is to protect and seek out  the thrown for either spouse or child under the cunning guise of following the one in power.  Each deftly uses the art of grace and diplomacy in obtaining their hidden goals knowing deep down that any strident and verbal behavior is considered and shown to be a path to nowhere. Elizabeth Woodville, Rebecca Ferguson, is the central character who marries King Edward IV, Jeremy Iron's son, Max,  and is daughter of Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Janet McTeer.   Margaret Beaufort, Amanda Hale, Countess of Richmond and Derby, with a Lancaster son, Henry VII, who acquiesces to Woodville, until King Edwards passes.  Last is Anne Neville, Fay Marsay, King Richard III wife, daughter of Earl of Warwick played by James Frain.  Additionally another great character is the icy King Edward's mother, Duchess Cecily, Caroline Goodall.

The British television series is utterly captivating with incredible sets and costumes, brilliant acting, fresh faces and an ingenious script.  History buffs and alike will find The White Queen a wonderful historical romp along with a deadly depiction of the human condition that seemly remains intact in today's chaotic world.  The constant struggle for power, greed and the endless jealousy of the fortune's of others keeps the audience wanting more from this engaging series.  And, like all twisted tales about mankind, when pursuing the seven deadly sins, justice is always served. Highly recommend The White Queen, Starz.

 

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