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‘The White Queen’: New Period Drama Comes To Starz

Rebecca Ferfuson talks about fighting for The White Queen

The White Queen is a new period drama that is set to premier on Starz this coming August 10.

If you like The Tudors and Game Of Thrones, this might be just what you have been waiting for.

The 10 part miniseries is an adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s (The Other Boleyn Girl) novel series The Cousins’ War.

It centers around the brutal Plantagenets British dynasty, who are described as being even more dysfunctional than the Tudors and Henry VIII.

The story specifically focuses on three very strong women and their fight for a predominant role in court: Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson), Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale), and teenager Anne Neville (Faye Marsay).

Philippa Gregory said that the Plantagenets have been completely upstaged by the Tudors in English history, so she decided to correct that injustice.

The author added, “If you like the Tudors, you will absolutely adore the Plantagenets, because they are even madder and badder.”

The White Queen explores the workings of the female characters during that time in British history.

In 1464, before the Tudors came to power, a house is divided. The Yorks and the Lancasters are bitterly fighting over who is entitled to the throne.

Young and handsome Edward IV (Max Irons) from the house of York is crowned King and falls in love with house of Lancaster commoner Elizabeth Woodville.

Rather than follow the advice of top manipulator Lord Warwick and marry a French princess, Edward secretly weds Elizabeth. This sets Warwick on a quest for revenge.

The miniseries also stars Aneurin Barnard (Richard, Duke of Gloucester), David Oakes (George, Duke of Clarence), and James Frain (Lord Warwick).

We can expect heavy emphasis on the sexual adventures of the three women.

Max Irons admitted that part of it was uncomfortable at first, especially when he and his co-star came to the director’s home for their first rehearsal to find a mattress in the middle of the floor.

The White Queen premieres this coming Saturday at 8 ET on Starz. Will you watch?

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