The White Queen Comes to Life When Philippa Gregory’s Best-Selling ‘The Cousins’ War’ Series Premieres on Starz This August
The White Queen, which has already premiered in the UK on BBC One, is the riveting portrayal of one of the most turbulent times in English history. The story begins in 1464 during what was known as the ‘Cousin’s War,’ but is now popularly known as ‘The War of the Roses.’ Before the reign of the Tudors, the Plantagenets ruled England. After the Hundred Years’ War brought social and financial trouble to the kingdom, the House of Plantagenet split in half, creating two rival factions – Lancaster and York. These two halves of the same family each vied for the same throne. The Lancasters were represented by white roses, while the Yorks were represented by red roses. This familial division went on for thirty years, and wasn’t settled until Henry Tudor won the throne from Richard III, and solidified his claim by marrying Elizabeth of York, thus ushering in the reign of the Tudors. This new series will not only be based on Gregory’s novel The White Queen, but will also be based on books 2 and 4 in her ‘Cousins’ War’ series, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter.
Each of Gregory’s novels tells of this tumultuous time period, but each through the eyes of the titular character. The first novel, The White Queen, is seen through the eyes of Elizabeth Woodville. Elizabeth is a widow who lost her husband, Sir John Grey, in the war. A member of the House of Lancaster, Elizabeth is now a single mother of two sons who have lost their inheritance. Desperate to secure her children’s future, Elizabeth appeals to the new York king, Edward IV, to put things right. When these two meet, they fall in love at first sight. Whether it’s Elizabeth’s beauty, Edward’s lust, or Elizabeth’s mother Jacquetta’s witchcraft, Edward creates an uproar when he secretly marries a woman who is considered his enemy, and a commoner to boot. Elizabeth is soon thrust into a world of violence, betrayal, and murder when she becomes Queen of England, and is determined to stop at nothing to ensure her husband has an heir to the throne. (More…)