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White Queen 1 Season 2013

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.

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Juliet Aubrey, Aneurin Barnard

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1. In Love With the King

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.

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2. The Price of Power

Beautiful Elizabeth goes from the glory of being crowned Queen, to the ugly reality of life on the throne when Warwick seeks revenge against her for seducing King Edward.

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3. The Storm

A grieving Queen Elizabeth conjures up the perfect storm to get King Edward home. But more danger awaits as her jealous detractors plot to end his reign.

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4. The Bad Queen

Old enemies make new alliances as Lord Warwick''s quest for power reaches desperate levels.

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5. War at First Hand

Warring women become even more bitter enemies when Queen Elizabeth, Anne Neville and Margaret Beaufort each experience the brutality of the battlefield up close.

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6. Love and Death

One marries for love, the other for political gain as Anne and Margaret tie the knot, while Queen Elizabeth experiences a double dose of heartbreak.

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7. Poisin and Malmsey Wine

The brief peace is broken when Edward decides to make war on France, but both George and Richard are horrified when he makes peace in return for financial gain. Both Elizabeth and Anne give birth to sons. George's frustrations lead him to make a deal with the French king. When his wife Isabel dies, after giving birth to the son he has longed for, he accuses Elizabeth of causing her death by poi...

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8. Long Live the King

Dark days could be ahead for King Edward as all the key players look to connive and even kill their way into being named "His or Her Majesty."

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9. The Princes in the Tower

A dangerous chess match begins as Margaret and Queen Elizabeth plot to overpower the other and determine the fate of Prince Edward and Richard.

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10. The Final Battle

Reaching a climactic end to their respective journeys, Anne, Queen Elizabeth and Margaret give rise to a new generation looking to scheme, manipulate, and seduce their way onto the English throne.

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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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By M. Joyce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Dec. 2015
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This was something my wife watched; it was a “woman’s” TV series based on a “woman’s” novel, or rather, sequence of novel. However, as a consequence of watching/taking an interest in Shakespeare’s History Plays, I decided to watch “The White Queen” on YouTube. Unfortunately, just when I had got as far as episode 8 (of 10), it was “pulled” and I had to order the box-set from Amazon, at, I may add, a very reasonable price!

Actually, I have no regrets; the series grew on me as it progressed and my wife is in the process of watching it again!

It is a fascinating story, to be sure, and while I cannot vouch for its 100% historical veracity, there is no denying that the three women who take centre stage were very remarkable ladies indeed and their story will have you hooked.

She received a lot of critical praise, but personally, I find Rebecca Ferguson in the title role a little glacial; the other two leading ladies, Amanda Hale as Margaret Beaufort and Faye Marsay as Anne Neville, are, however, little short of breath-taking.

It is, all in all, a very classy production and some of our finest actors (Janet McTeer, James Frain, Rupert Graves, Michael Maloney and Juliet Aubrey among them) shine in supporting roles, as does Aneurin Barnard as a handsome, not especially evil or deformed Richard III, a million miles away from Shakespeare’s creation.

This is not just a worthy historical adaptation, nor is just a “woman’s” programme, as I initially thought. It might occasionally fall somewhere in between these two stools, but it is a fine piece of television in its own right.
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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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