White Queen 1 Season 2013

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Season 1
(335) IMDb 7.7/10

1. In Love With the King AGES_15_AND_OVER

In 1463, the lust between a Lancastrian commoner and Yorkist King turns into a secret wedding and a new Queen of England. But two women not so smitten with the arrangement vow to take her down.

Starring:
Rebecca Ferguson,James Frain
Runtime:
59 minutes

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Drama
Director James Kent
Starring Rebecca Ferguson, James Frain
Supporting actors Amanda Hale, Max Irons, Faye Marsay, Janet McTeer
Season year 2013
Network Starz Media
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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114 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Pepper on 10 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
I feel that this series has been unfairly criticised. It was never marketed as a documentary, and doesn't claim to tell the factual story. One should enjoy it for what it is- a drama. And as far as drama based on history goes, it is actually quite a good one. Yes, elements of the plot are not factually correct, but then we should also remember that they are possibly not factually incorrect either, as with the series set in the 1400s it is impossible to know the whole concrete truth. Many aspects included in the books and series are things that may have been true. For example, while some dismiss the witchcraft storyline as ridiculous, it is fact that Elizabeth Woodville and her mother were accused of being witches. While it may not have been true that they practised 'witchcraft', I actually find it interesting that the series portrays the allegations as true.

The White queen is based on the 'cousins war' series by Philippa Gregory focusing on three woman caught up in the 'Wars of the Roses'. These women are Elizabeth Woodville the wife of King Edward IV, Margeret Beaufort the mother of Henry Tudor (who we know as Henry VII), and Anne Neville the wife of Richard III. Gregory's novels bring to light the lives of these women who were key players in the Wars of the Roses, although their war 'would not be won on the battlefield.'

The series begins with Edward IV meeting Elizabeth Woodville, and ends with Henry Tudor's victory at the Battle of Bosworth. This covers the power struggle between the house of York and house of Lancaster, as well as the mystery of the Princes in the tower, all this intertwined with the stories of relationships. Amanda Hale (Margeret Beaufort) and James Frain (Lord Warwick)stand out for me as the stars acting wise.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Wendy63 on 26 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
I got this DVD for Xmas and have only just got round to watching it. I am so ANGRY that there are no subtitles!!! I am deaf and was looking forward to this very much, as I know that when this was shown on TV, it HAD subtitles!! I feel conned....
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64 of 73 people found the following review helpful By dosk on 7 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This series is a decent historical drama, a sort of prequel to the Tudors, with less violence.

It covers a long period in the lives of the main characters, but the producers have chosen not to indicate the passing of the time in any way, which leads to some confusion (of two women aged twenty something, which one is supposed to be the lady mother?) and, I can only assume unintended, humour (two agile radiant youths lying in bed telling each other 'we are not young anymore'). Therefore it is sometimes difficult to see how much time is supposed to have passed.

Many have commented on too much magic present in the series - Elizabeth's mother has been tried for witchcraft and the contemporaries believed Elizabeth herself to be a witch too. I don't think the magic is bad - we see things happening, like storms, after some curses have been cast, but it is up to us to believe that the curses may actually have caused the storms. There is a nice parallalel to Elizabeth's magic in Margaret's religious devotion, she too is very involved with higher powers, always on the lookout for signs and miracles. And she too interprets the events as being divinely directed.

The dvd itself - a disaster. There are no subtitles - as if this was a 40 year old production only recently restored and nobody bothered with subtitling it. There is almost nothing to choose in the menus: there is no scene selection! You may just select an episode. And, as an extra bonus, of the four dvds, three force you to watch commercials (yes, and no way can you choose the menu directly!), which I find the cheapest trick, since this is no bonus dvd delivered with a morning paper for and extra pound, this is a relatively expensive, brand new box-set.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Robson on 4 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
When I watched this on the TV (with subtitles) I loved it, and was so excited to get for my birthday. Imagine how gutted I was when I put it on and discovered there was no subtitles for the deaf and HOH. How can a dvd in this day and age not have subtitles? Sadly, I have to stick to the books, even though this is one adaptation I really enjoyed! Really disappointed
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56 of 66 people found the following review helpful By BD on 23 July 2013
Format: DVD
We are on episode 6 here next week, I am thoroughly enjoying this tv series. Although I am not from the UK, I have great interest in reading about English history. I have read a few factual history books so I know this series doesn't follow the history exactly to the letter but I believe this story works for a tv series and is adapted very well considering three books are combined to make a ten part tv series. I believe that the actors are all perfect in their roles and I don't agree with other reviewers comments about wooden acting etc. Also I see negative comments about sets being too clean, too nice etc again I don't agree. I think the setting is fabulous and I believe they shot The White Queen in Bruges. I am not a nit picker I am enjoying it for exactly what it is, history fluffed up a bit for tv. If it gets more people interested in history, I'm all for it. Watch it, make your own mind up. Personally. I am loving it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Raffaella on 23 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Amazon could have highlighted the fact that the DVD had not been provided with subtitles (yet!). Besides, there is a lot of advertising at the beginning of each disc. Really a shame! And I am very disappointed.
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