The White Queen by Philipa Gregory Mini-Series Review


whitequeen_final The White Queen is the mini-series event produced for television by the BBC for the Starz Network. This mini-series is based on the best selling Cousin War Series written by Philipa Gregory.

I first heard about the novel the White Queen by watching a book review by Elle Fowler aka. Allthatglitters21 on youtube. She explained the story of the White Queen and how the story was told from her point of view. Philipa Gregory also has an alternate book in the series called the Red Queen. I bought the book but was very hesitant to read it due to the fact this book is based on historical fiction. Not sure if I was up to a heavy period piece read I left it on the book shelf for well over a year. Fast forward to three weeks ago when I saw a preview for the mini-series and was instantly drawn to this story all over again.

The White Queen is based on a real woman named Elizabeth Woodville who is from the nobel house of Lancaster. Her husband is killed in battle and she begins a forbidden  romance with the reigning king of England, King Edward IV. Edward is of the family of the white rose, the House of York. This was a very scandalous and dangerous move for both Elizabeth and Edward. This secret marriage sets off many fireworks in the political arena and produces many powerful and vengeful enemies. Other royal houses are not happy with this union especially the King of France who’s daughter was set to marry Edward in a political marriage, but has now been slighted by Edward in his marriage to a commoner Elizabeth. Edward not only has to smooth over his relations with France but also in his own court, where his mother, brother and cousin plot against him and threaten his reign on the throne.

Elizabeth three years into their marriage fails to secure Edward with a male heir. Warrick  the King’s cousin known as “the king maker” begins to plot for Edward’s brother George to take over the throne. Elizabeth and her children must flee once Edward is captured and she returns to her home with her mother. Elizabeth’s mother Jacquetta is said to have been blessed with magical powers and skills in witchcraft. Many people believe it was her spell binding skills that helped Elizabeth seduce Edward into marriage. Now Elizabeth and her mother Jacquetta seek revenge for the murder of Elizabeth’s father and brother and to free Edward from Warrick’s capture.

This story has a lot of intrigue and we are only on episode three! I am really into this story now and cannot wait to see the next episode. After the mini-series I do intend to read all of the books in the series. If you were a fan of the Tudors, then this show and novel series is right up your alley. I highly recommend the mini-series and I am sure the books will be very fascinating as well. The other books on the series are also based on real women in the Cousin’s war. The series is available on the Starz network on demand but I believe it will also be available on Netflicks and other video rentals soon.

For more information on the book series you can check out the authors website here:


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Michelle Norman is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Puregoddess University. She is also the owner of Puregoddess a women's brand that features clothing, accessories and makeup.

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