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4.0 out of 5 stars A War that won't be won on the Battlefield, 10 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: The White Queen [DVD] (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.

Yes the series can be criticised, for example some scenes looked obviously low budget, and it also seems 'unfair' for want of a better word that the UK gets the edited version unlike the USA. The DVD itself does not have subtitles which would be a massive bummer for some (I can't understand how and why a BBC series in 2013 does not have this....) and it would have been good if there were more bonus features. Nevertheless I enjoyed the series and it is ideal sunday night television. This is a must for historical fiction fans, or if you are interested in history in general and want to see what this is all about. It has encouraged people to research more about the period which can only be a good thing. I wish there were more programmes on tv like this.
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Initial post: 1 Sep 2013 23:45:40 BDT
Will says:
is the dvd version edited also?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2013 21:30:57 BDT
Pepper says:
Yes it is

Posted on 5 Apr 2014 23:54:18 BDT
When you say this version is edited, do you mean that scenes were cut out that did appear on television? If so, why would they do that? I was intending to purchase this series, but it is useless without subtitles, so thank you for that.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Aug 2014 10:26:57 BDT
Abbi G says:
Most of The sex scenes where cut out from the UK version from what I've heard

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2015 12:04:58 BDT
Count Arthur says:
Usually the other way round with sex scenes. Are these included on the DVD - not that I am that interested of course.
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