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Review: The White Queen / SEASON FINALE


The White Queen has ended and I must confess I am extremely sadden by this tragic situation. Is it the best show ever? Probably not, but still it was a great production. I shall always defend the show and any other historical drama that is able to bring my attention to history and the women behind the great historical events. Dr. Philippa Gregory is often criticised for taking many liberties in portraying history in a very particular way, playing with facts and characters, serving the purpose of affirming or denying a hypothesis she has about a particular moment of english history..This criticism is accurate, there is no denying about that. However this criticism is in fact what makes Philippa so great..Her unique portrayal of the War of the Roses, gives an insightful look to some of the most emblematic and mysterious characters of the period: Women. On times ruled by men, women are either part of the setting (an accessory of sorts) or are regarded as mortal enemies fuelled by dark forces. I studied the War of the Roses back in High School and it was somehow exciting to comeback to what I think I knew of those turbulent times…And it was wonderful to make the connection with one of my favourite shows ever: The Tudors. Henry the VIII reign is better understood with this background, understanding  his family’s precarious claim to the throne and the need of a male heir…His hatred for the last members of the Plantagenets and the reason for their later execution. The White Queen has a single most important premise: The road to power is bloody and in order to hold the crown everything is at stake.. In conclusion, this was a great show and I have to say I would rather have a different ending, showing a clearer outlook to the characters life under the new monarch Henry Tudor.  Lets take a look to the final turn of the wheel of fortune, the most drastic turn since the arrival of out beloved Elizabeth Woodvile to Court….

Who got screwed?
Queen Anne
Anne had perhaps the most interesting and volatile journey of the characters in the show (from the second irrelevant girl of the Kingmaker to Queen of England). I never really disliked Anne, but her importance in the whole setting of the story was way to forced. Philippa tried to make her important but not in the right way. Despite the fact she was able to climb the maximum stage of the social ladder, her role in the rise of power wasn’t very clear. There are two possible portrayals of Anne. One as victim of her husband’s actions, which has already been seen in the amazing acting of Kristin Scott Thomas in the film version of Richard III. The other possible representation of Anne would be as an active member of her husband’s court, using her influence to fulfil her struggle for power in her favour.. But that was not the case..Queen Anne has been portrayed as mixture of Lady Macbeth and a very passive Catherine of Aragon…Very bitter and very feeble…She could not take Elizabeth down, nor could she send away her hot niece…Anne’s down fall is quite sad. She feels guilty for the disappearance of the princes and then she faces the death of her only son… And so she becomes extremely sick, leading to her death. With no heir or security of her husband’s reign…The end of the Kingmaker’s daughter, the end of influence of the Neville family, a house that once hold  power in England.
King Richard III
 From all the characters in the show, this was perhaps the most underwhelming portrayal of the historical, legendary villain of all times: Richard III. But still it was a fairer portrayal of this man. The Tudor historians (mainly Sir Thomas More) and even Shakespeare have stained the history of the Duke of Gloucester, even making him guilty for the mysterious disappearance of the princes in the Tower. Richard III was in this show a pawn of Margaret Beaufort’s efforts to make her son King. Richard’s image is constantly damaged and diminished by several scandals, including his closeness to his niece Princess Elizabeth. This season finale, was all about loss (his son, his queen) and Richard  faced his final battle at Bosworth, where he is betrayed by Lord Stanley. Richard is butchered and left naked in the woods, losing the crown to the last Lancaster claimant.
The House of York
After years of holding to the crown, the internal battles between the sons of York lead to the downfall of their house. Their ambition and  their inability to accept a lesser evil (The Woodvilles) opened  a door for their enemies to  take the throne. The White Rose got lost in time and their male heirs were mostly eradicated …(Richard Elizabeth’s second son is safe and George’s son is still alive).
Who’s fortunes rose? 

The Tudors and Margaret Beaufort


The new King of England is hardly known for us viewers, we know more of Jasper and of his mother (the annoying lady of the show). And to be very real, the Tudor line is even lower than the one of the Rivers family. And the Beaufort family comes from a bastard Lancastrian line, which were forbidden to ever take the crown. But the point behind this brief introduction also empowers their rode to power. Despite Lady Margaret’s annoying ways of approaching her scenes, this woman had to endure to so many horrible situations to put her son in the Throne. She is a fierce woman, who conspired against the realm and even help to bring the House of York against each other. But the road to power is not honourable, nor is it a path protected by the hand of God…This is for me the most important fact presented by Philippa Gregory and it relies on the great chance that the Tudors and Lady Beaufort were actually responsible for the deaths of the Princes in the Tower.  They had the greater part to win from the demise of the heirs of the throne…And Richard was the perfect target to become the Villain. What I despise of Margaret is that she is unwilling to accept the guilt and the consequences of her ambition. It was not God who won the Crown for the Tudors, it was blood and death… In the end, her strategical alliance with Lord Stanley made her son victorious, becoming the  new King and her the Lady Mother of the King…

The White Princess 


Princess Elizabeth the eldest daughter of the White Queen had a very secure position. On one side she had won the affection of her uncle, who was infatuated by her. The sudden death of Anne, lead her close to the Crown. Richard needed her to join the Yorkist efforts.  And on the other side, her marriage had already been arranged to Henry Tudor. So either way she would be Queen. The best scene of Elizabeth is when she confronts Lady Margaret and tells her that she is not taking her crap.. It was a very well taken character…A little bit to much of potential incest..But still it was enjoyable. In conclusion the White Princes left us all wanting for more…How would her marriage be? How would be her relationship with her mother in law?

Where does Elizabeth stand in this final turning point of the  Wheel of Fortune?


Elizabeth was the main character of the story, but her final episodes took  focus out of her.  My problem with this season finale is that it doesn’t  feel like closure for our main character Elizabeth Woodville. ..She has lost and gained so much during the War of the Roses…But what must be remembered, is that she is a survivor. She outlived her adversaries and was able to mix her family with the english nobility.  A witch or not..Elizabeth changed the history of the Realm and her legacy goes beyond many of the coming Queens and Kings of both England and Scotland.


Review: The White Queen / Episode 6


The Duchess of Cambridge has delivered a healthy boy to become the heir of the british throne. Everyone is so excited for this historical moment (not really). I insist is more intriguing in Monaco, because if there is no male heir…then France absorbs Monaco (Now that is some fun exciting royal baby drama). While we wait to meet the new royal baby, our beloved show The White Queen, returned last sunday to deliver a striking truth: Peace is so much difficult to enjoy… After so much war and campaigning, peace has arrived and the House of York enjoys tranquility. But not much really, these Yorkish men and women are too conniving and they are always plotting against each other. So despite the fact that the Lancasters are currently in defeat.. the Yorkish rule seems weak from the very inside. This was not one of my favourite episodes, but I think it was necessary.. The events coming ahead will be full o many twists and tragic changes…episodes like this serve the purpose of building up the events for the drama coming ahead!! So the Court is back in London and nobility is back to its own doing: plotting, gossiping, whoring, partying..

Lets take a look at the new Court of King Edward:


Who’s the new royal mistress?


Things are not going very well for our Queen Elizabeth (Rebecca Ferguson), she is not easy living surrounded by people she distrusts and hates. Her marriage with Edward (Max Irons) seems to be in a bad moment. She feels they are growing apart from each other. Edward is closer to his brothers and not caring that much for poor Elizabeth. But that is not all, Elizabeth finds Edward infragranti with Mrs. Jane Shore a lovely redheaded lady. Lady Shore continues to whore around in court, not caring for Elizabeth or anyone… She seems to be very proud of being mistress, regardless of the scandal. Is curious how previous TV shows made us all care for the side of the mistresses, we even root for their success. Lets not forget how Anne Boleyn (played by the tenacious Natalie Dormer) climbed up to become Queen in the Tudors. For the first time, the lead character is the affected Queen. We don’t want Elizabeth and Edward to break their beautiful marriage and certainly we care not for the new whore in town… We’ll see how everything works for our Liz…

Who’s kept like a prisoner?


Anne Neville was brought back to court by the hot Richard the Duke of Gloucester. She was pardoned by Edward. But as being a former traitor , she would have a new Guardian: the not so great George. Her status was also diminished, she was once a royal princess, now she is behind her sister Isabel who is a royal duchess. Anne is suffering and her relationship with Isabel is not going well! The have some brief cat fight over the fact that George wants to take the inheritance of the Warwick State, leaving Anne with nothing and single.. It’s difficult to be forever alone in the 21st Century (my best friends know it and I know it), still you have some chances.. But back in medieval times, to be forever alone at least for noble women, meant ruin.. However despite Anne’s heartbreaking moments from last night, she seems to be still not ready to have a more prominent position. She is too impulsive and does not know how to be patient.. She will still have to face some dark days ahead….specially being the captive of George, fighting with Isabel and with her mother kept hostage and in disgrace…

Who is coming back to court?

The White Queen

Anne Neville described Margaret Beafourt better than anyone: an ancient, ugly, fanatical. My mind keeps the same regarding Margaret, I hate her.. But somehow she seems to have better scenes, week after week. At the beginning of the episode, she is praying in the most annoying way and then she receives the news that her mother is very very sick. So he goes to visit her. And then we had a very fun, lugubrious Mummy Dearest moment between Margaret and her mother. Finally Margaret slaps her mother with cruel words, not forgiving her and letting her know that she is going to inherit her state. Margaret later writes to Jasper, asking for advise. She wants to go with him and Henry.. But Henry replies that her work is in England and that she must remain there…so Margaret it’s a bit disappointed and very angry.. So she decides to fake a reconciliation with York… She is back on the market looking for a new husband.. She wants to marry our own handsome Richard… But God forbids that would ever be possible, so she marries Lord Stanley  (I am disgusted with his beard) a close friend of Edward…


He is kind and respectful with Margaret and he knows that strategically if the Lancasters ever rose to power, he would obtain a good and safe position… Margaret returns to Court changing the dynamics of the Court once again.

Who is leaving court? (for good)


Elizabeth faced some dark moments last night. Our beloved Jacquetta left her for good. She started feeling ill and then she knew she was leaving… We are definitely going to miss her.. But it’s also an improvement to the dynamics at Court. Elizabeth is now alone and it will be interesting to see her deal with her own problems and enemies..it’s time to see Elizabeth as a Queen! She has delivered a son and she holds Esward’s heart. Elizabeth also had a miscarriage yesterday, a very touching and sad moment….

What lovebirds have taken their bows in holy matrimony?

The White Queen

But the departure of Jacquetta and Elizabeth’s baby, did not stop other characters from getting romantic. the big story of last night’s episode was the romance between Richard and Anne. The poor disgraced Anne was saved by Richard again, who took her to sanctuary, against George’s will! But that is not all, he also married her. A moment Anne has been waiting for a long time… Richard was tender and sweet with her while consummating their union. Anne is now a Royal Duchess at the same level of Isabel! She seems to have grown very strong and determined! She is now fierce and beautiful! Anne has suffered a lot and its important to see her finally getting what she wants.. At the end of the episode, Isabel returns to Anne and the restore their relationship…


This episode was very boring. But it was necessary to understand…what is coming next. Most of the characters have lost and won through the War of the Roses. However its not clear if the peace between the sons of York will endure….Dark day might come for our girl Elizabeth.

What were your thoughts on this episode?? 

Review: The White Queen / Episode 5


The world  is still awaiting for the birth of the royal prince/princess, that will inherit the throne  of England. And at the same time, I can’t wait for another episode of the White Queen. I know there is a lot of criticism against this show. But its quite entertaining and I am in love with Elizabeth (Rebeca Ferguson). I believe in this show and I think is just getting better. Historical dramas are complex and  facts may get lost at some point, leaving fiction to fill in (something which is legitimate). Critics are giving this show a hard time, focusing on how the narrative is abrupt and the “misleading” use of facts and fiction. Once again: This is an adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s books , meaning that her point of view might not be the most accurate historically. But who cares?? These type of shows are not made strictly to teach us history, on the contrary they intend to  transport us to another age, to observe and share the fear and ambitions of the characters we don’t get to know in history books. As a result we get to be more interested in history. Furthermore, the White Queen is a great show because its not pretentious, its  60 minutes  of quality entertainment, that allow us to get more interested in history. But enough about defending The White Queen, I can assure you all, that after watching the show you will discover that The White Queen is a production that stands for its self.

At last (Etta James playing), lets talk about last sunday’s episode. Too many things happened and once again the wheel of fortune has turned. So who’s fortune arose  and who failed in this gruesome struggle for power?

Who lost it all: A look at this week’s not so fortunate characters:


Lord Warwick


During the last episode, the Kingmaker achieved an alliance with Margaret of Anjou (the exiled Queen), to continue his war against Edward (The hottest son of York). The bargain included that Lord Warwick would return Henry VI (the mad king, he might not be as crazy as King Aerys Targeryan, but their is some crazy s*** going on in his head).  Margaret would later invade England strengthening the position of the House of Lancaster. Warwick knew that Edward would return and that war was inevitable. The allies of Margaret of Anjou rallied behind the Duke of Somerset, not Warwick (its hard to trust a man who belongs to the House of your enemy and that previously betrayed his own cousin). Warwick lost the support of George, who returned to support Edward. War came and with a little help of  the Woodville clan,  a magical fog helped Edward’s army covering his steps into the battlefield. In regards to the battle, it was quite bloody and we got to see Edward, Warwick and Richard (I previously said  he was hot, but seeing him in battle, has upgraded his level of hotness)  exposing their sword fighting abilities. The climatic moment of the fight came when Warwick was surrounded by Edward and his army, Edward knew by that time that the Kingmaker had failed, but in his eyes we could see pain. Edward knew he had to kill his cousin. The man who taught him everything he knew, the man who made him King. Warwick’s dead came by the strikes  of an anonymous soldier (no beheading), an honourable dead for a man that changed England forever. Its sad to see James Frain go, he was great in this role and he will be missed. But Warwicks legacy still lives and that legacy would be a mayor game-changer for the story..

Margaret of Anjou


Probably the greatest loser of the night. At the beginning of the episode we got to see her ( ) travelling with  Anne. A horrible journey by the way. The weather was awful, but the worse part of all, was the bitter remarks of Margaret against Anne. Surprisingly enough, Anne kept her s*** together and replied to Margaret, that she was not weak. After arriving to England, they all found out about the dead of Warwick. Margaret did not show much emotions in respect to the recent news. She was quick to modify her plans, asking Anne for advise (she was trying to mock her, on the fact that she was the Kingmaker daughter). Anne suggested to go west, where there is stronger support towards the House of Lancaster.  Margaret agreed and made her forces move west, to meet with Jasper Tudor. During the march of the Lancastrian forces, we get to see an interest side of Margaret. She explained Anne, that she is  double hated: 1) because of being a woman in a position of power (sexism made her a strong killer b****), 2) because of being french. After this girl talk between these two ladies, the war approached and Margaret’s son had to leave with this forces to meet Edward.  But this move would be his last. Edwards succeeds in the battlefield killing Margaret’s son. The news travel quickly to Margaret, who realises that her claim for the throne survives only on the possibility that Anne is already bearing her grandson. Margaret once again intends to run back to France awaiting for a new moment to strike.  But the forces of York arrived to the Abbey where Margaret and Anne were hiding. Richard rescues Anne, from soldiers that could have raped her. But he was not that caring with Margaret. Who knowing that all was lost, pretended to save herself by tempting Richard of taking the crown for himself. She offered to give Anne to Richard..(I sense a little foreshadow of their future together). But Anne responded that she was no longer to be given.. At that moment, Margaret realised she was doomed, with no heir and now being a prisoner of Edward. Last episode Margaret of Anjou was portrayed as horrible woman, this episode instead, revealed her most human side. A fair look to a woman that challenged her period of time, showing men that she was as strong and deadly as men.

Margaret Beafourt and the Tudors


And now I get to speak to my least favourite character of the show: Margaret Beafourt. I have to be objective,  she was not as annoying as she was during the first four episodes. At the beginning of the episode, she was very happy for the return of the House of Lancaster. After a few seconds, she finds out that Edward is coming back for war. And then she gets all belligerent and blood-thirsty. She talks to her cousin the Duke of Somerset and asks him to encourage (make him an offer he cannot refuse…) her husband to raise armies for Margaret of Anjou’s cause. She also says goodbye to her son, who most go with Jasper Tudor. She goes back to her state, to find that her husband is in fact raising men for war. She is so happy and proud of her husband. Soon to have her hopes crushed by the discovery, that her husband is actually raising men for the House of York. She goes all crazy about how God is in the side of Lancaster and how her husband is cursed, she even tells him, that she awaits his death.  After the death of Warwick, Margaret’s husband is terribly injured, she takes him from the camp to their home. Her husband in agony tells her to surrender and that Edward is most likely to win. But she is careless of her husband’s word and instead she writes to Jasper telling him that she will never surrender and that hope remains on the invasion of Margaret of Anjou. But we already know how that ended… After the utter defeat of the Lancastrians, the Tudors including Margaret’s boy leave into exile. At the end, her husband also dies…not that she really cares…I can’t express my happiness for seeing her temporary ruin (we all know how history goes), Margaret Beafourt is so hard to watch, but at least to see her suffering makes up for her religious bitterness..

Who’s fortune rose? A look to the winners of this Episode


The sons of York

The White Queen 2013

Finally our handsome brothers are back together. This dynamic trio is so great to watch. They are brave, young and beautiful..And they got to defeat all of theirs enemy’s. So lets get into the personal gain of each of  the sons of York.

Lets begin with my personal favourite: King Edward IV.  After  these episode’s events his claim to the throne is strongest than ever, he has brought peace to England and  the Lancastrians are very defeated. But thats not all, now he  can return to the arms of his beautiful family. Lets not forget that he has finally a male heir..The greatest glory for any medieval King.


My second favourite son of York: Richard. This was the first episode , were we get to really see Richard (those eyes..) and God why didn’t we get to enjoy  him before. Richard proved not only to be a very strong soldier, but also a trusted ally of his brother the King. He also got Anne.. He rescued her and it seems he has always cared for her.. so they could get married..So Richard not only wan a war, but also the heart of the woman he loves..


And finally my least favourite son of York: George. He was the one who gained the most: to keep his head. He had previously betrayed Edward, to become King and at the failure of his own cause,  Duchess Cecily (his mother)  was able to convince him into returning to Edward’s side (the winning side). So by doing this he got to keep his life, lands and titles…Lucky George. Elizabeth wouldn’t have been that forgiving and I am sure her revenge plans against George have not ended.


The White Queen


Finally things are working up for our lovely Queen. After spending quite a while hidden at the barracks of Westminster Abbey, she gets to see her Edward again. It was quite romantic to se them reunited. After the fall of the Lancastrians, Elizabeth’s claim of being Queen was finally resolved And she has a son..the dream and curse of many queens (ask Anne Boleyn). Elizabeth and her family have indirectly out powered their main enemies: Warwick, Margaret of Anjou, the Tudors and other Lancastrian supporters. But Elizabeth is not so sure about George, she distrusts him and will not stop until her revenge is complete. She actually vanquished Warwick.. And now her throne is secure…As long as nothing bad happens to her hot King Edward.

The Neville Sisters


Despite the fact both Isabel and Anne were mistreated by their own father, its because of them that they can feel safe after  the great changes of this episode.  I know their lost their father, but it could have gone way worse for both of them. Lets begin with Isabel. She has never felt easy with her father’s plan of betraying Edward. She didn’t wanted to be Queen and she feared for her life after George’s treason against Warwick. But her father did something well, he put Isabel under a safe  position because if he wan and the sons of York failed, she was still his daughter. And if Warwick’s side was defeated, she would still be married to York.  And finally we get to Anne. In my opinion she is the character who has evolved the most. She begun as being a shadow to Isabel and now she is a princess. She definitely learned from her father the Kingmaker and also from Margaret of Anjou. She has become stronger against all odds and she is now she has become a player of her own in the struggle for power. She was rescued during the fighting by Richard… their union will certainly change everything for England.. stay tuned..

Overall it was a great episode! We are 5 more to go and for those of us who know about the War of the Roses, we know whats coming next… and that surely will be interesting for our beloved characters..

What were your thoughts on this episode?? Who do you support: the Red or White rose??