TV Review: Starz continues to explore the women behind the throne with The White Princess

Philippa Gregory has created her own cottage industry of lightly fictionalized historical novels about English history, beginning with The Other Boleyn Girl. Since then, she has expanded into several volumes about the Tudors and their predecessors and various wives. The hit Starz series The White Queen combined three of Gregory’s books to tell the story of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV; Anne Neville, wife of Richard III; and Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, all vying for power in the midst of the War Of The Roses.

As The White Princess begins, Henry VII has defeated Richard III to end that war and become king of England, the last such sovereign to take that title by force. Part of his victory is due to his promise to marry Elizabeth Of York, thereby tying the red and white roses, the houses of Tudor and York, hopefully forever. But Elizabeth …

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