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The White Queen is a historical drama set during the bloody War of the Roses and beyond. The upheaval involves the Houses of Lancaster and York. Three women emerge as key figures during the struggle for power: Elizabeth Woodville, Ann Neville and Margaret Beaufort.

Woodville, a high-born, widowed Lancastrian lady, falls in love and marries King Edward IV of England, much to the chagrin of the House of York. Neville is daughter of Richard Neville, the 16th Earl of Warrick, who is Edward's most trusted confidant and despises Woodville. Margaret Beaufort is a religious fanatic who, through visions and personal chats with god, believes her son, Henry Tudor, is destined to be king, and Edward IV a usurper. She is a staunch supporter of the deposed Henry VI, who has descended into madness. Due to her unwavering support of Henry, she is forced to give up her son and have him raised by his uncle Jasper.

Elizabeth and Edward's love is tested through wars, betrayals and many losses. After giving birth to three girls, Elizabeth feels the pressure to produce and heir to keep Edward on the York throne.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on Starz
1 Season, 10 Episodes
June 16, 2013
Drama, History, Military & War, Romance
7.8/10
Cast: Aneurin Barnard, Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay
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  • Queen Anne Neville's health isn't good, her son Prince Edward dies, and she hears of her husband's love for Princess Elizabeth, which all makes her know that she is ready to die.

  • King Richard III is worried about his enemies and honors Brackenbury, Buckingham and Stanley. Anne talks to Brackenbury behind her husband's back, wanting the Princes in the Tower to die.

  • Elizabeth gives birth and the baby dies but after he is handed to Margaret Beaufort he comes alive in her hands and Elizabeth thinks Margaret saved him. Anne also gives birth to a baby boy, and is happy away from court. After she realizes her husband Richard Duke of Gloucester brought her mother to live with them, her peace is broken. Edward IV wants to start war with France.

  • Elizabeth faces a hard future as everything is threatened. She expects again but is uneasy about Edward and his brothers closeness.

  • Warwick sends Isabel back to England to keep George on his side. Anne has to trust old enemies. Edward visits Elizabeth secretly.

  • Elizabeth is having a hard time with the news of Isabel and George's son who died. Rumors start to surface that Warwick is making a new alliance with his old enemy, Margaret of Anjou and planning to restore Henry VI, her husband, to the throne. George isn't he will now never be King. Elizabeth and Jacquetta visit Cecily, George's mother, and tell her that her son could be fighting for Lancaster and could be at risk of being executed.

  • Margaret joins Warwick's rebellion against Edward, in an effort to get her son the throne. The rebellion fails and the traitors flee for their lives. Jasper Tudor goes into exile, and Warwick and George head to France. Elizabeth and Jacquetta try witchcraft to stop them.

  • Elizabeth's coronation is a very grand affair. She and her mother Jacquetta, marry off her siblings to nobility for their family's security, and make a royal family loyal to Edward as he tries to bring peace to England. The Lancastrians are stripped of their titles and Margaret Beaufort wants to do something about it.

  • A widowed commoner named Elizabeth Woodville waits by the road with her young sons. Her husband was killed fighting for deposed Lancastrian King Henry VI and her wealth has been taken. Her one hope is to catch the eye of her family's greatest enemy, York King Edward IV. It works, he stops and visits her family home in Grafton.

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