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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent story, 17 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Princes in the Tower [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Too often documentaries attempt to hide a set agenda or proposal underneath a mydrid of expert opinions. This was easily a program that could have taken that direction, but instead they produced an exceptional piece of drama.

The premise is that the royal pretender to the throne, historically known as Perkin Warbeck, was secretly interrogated to establish that he was not the missing Duke of York, but an impostor. Upon the outcome of this 'trial' rests both european support of Henry VII, his marriage and the marraige contract between his son and Catherine of Aragon.

At its heart 'Princess in the Tower' is a conspiracy theory, offering an alternative explanation to the fates of Edward VI and his younger brother, the duke of York. There are several such theories floating around, but the beauty of this one is that it never explicitly states what it wants the audience to believe. The narration is in character, and credited to a figure who any fan of Tudor history or even 'The Tudors' would be familiar with. The acting is superb, which it has to be in a two hour program composed almost exclusively of long conversations and shadowy flashbacks.

That brings me to the only qualm i have with giving an otherwise perfect review. This is not history, but a very nice and well written story using historical characters. I personally was quite taken with the theory it proposed, but that is for viewers to decide for themselves.

Fans of 'The Tudors' will find it a good pseudo-prequel to that series, especially if they are defenders of Richard III. The characterization of kings with very human flaws and personal/family intrigues dictating historical events is very in keeping with the more famous shows writing style.

In conclusion, it is an excellent story, and certainly should be recommended to anyone with an interest in the period and historical figures involved.
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