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BBC’s The White Queen Episode Two Review

July 10, 2013

BBC’s The White Queen Episode Two Review

Episode two of the White Queen gets even more dramatic than the first. Again, I will warn you that there may be some spoilers in this post, of course, for those of have read the books, none of this will be new information. First, a quick recap, the BBC’s new historical drama seems to be quite popular, The White Queen is based on the trilogy of books by Philippa Gregory including The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker, all of which I would recommend. These three books are part of her Cousins War series, and she has another book to add to this series coming out in August called The White Princess, which is about Elizabeth’s daughter.

Episode one introduced us to Elizabeth Woodville and her family, and we saw her marry the new King Edward, despite this meaning they have changed sides in the War of the Roses. Now, with tensions rising in the country, episode two starts.

Episode two begins with the coronation of Elizabeth, which needed to be done, now her next task was to produce a son, to secure the throne, an heir is needed. Unfortunately, she fails in this task, and produces a mere girl, Edward however does not seem to mind this. The new King and Queen are happy, but it is not for long, because Warwick, who put Edward on the throne, is not happy with his new choice of bride he betrays Edward who has to fight him. This has devastating consequences for Elizabeth and her family, after Warwick kills some of them without a trial and captures the King.

Meanwhile, we see Margaret Beaufort, who is the mother of Henry Tudor, she is on the firm side of Henry VI, who had been deposed during the War of the Roses. She tells her son that he is to be King one day, and that he is Henry Tudor, if my readers know their history, then you surely know what happens to this boy. Margaret Beaufort is an odd character, she is incredibly pious, as we find out as the series moves on, but she is also very attached to her son and the idea that he will be king, which almost leads to her downfall because it is treason. She features as the main character in Philippa Gregory’s The Red Queen, and symbolically, she does wear red a lot in the drama.

I think this episode was a good one, better than the first, it had everything in it that is needed of a historical drama, there was tension, tears, laughter and even some witchcraft, which is enjoyable because of just how dangerous is really was. I think this is a good show for historians and those who are simply watching it for entertainment. I think the errors in this episode were few and far between, personally, if I’m not looking for them I don’t see them, so maybe that is why, but I feel that this is shaping up to be a good series. I will review the next episode soon!

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