I loved THE WHITE QUEEN and was eager to see THE WHITE PRINCESS. Although fictionalized and romanticized, THE WHITE PRINCESS does cover a dark period in English history where warring factors vied for the throne of England.
THE WHITE PRINCESS is mesmerizingly beautiful in its settings and costumes. The rich colors of the costumes will delight any viewer. In this series, Princess Elizabeth of York is obliged to marry a man she hates - the King Henry VII. The Princess' mother Dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville continues to plot against Henry and to bring her son to the throne. Here is a totally fascinating part of English history. After King Edward IV died in battle, his brother Richard took the throne and the rightful heirs. Edward and Richard were sent to the Tower of London. Their fate has never been conclusively determined, though most believed they were murdered. By marrying Elizabeth, Henry VII strengthened his claim to the throne.
The plot of THE WHITE PRINCESS centers around Elizabeth's growing fondness for Henry. As she bears two make heirs, her connection to the Tudor throne is now solid. In this version of the story, Richard was replaced by a peasant in the Tower and escaped. Elizabeth's world collapses when Richard returns to claim his throne. Is he an imposter or is he her brother. This is an enticing dilemma for the queen and the meat of our story.
I've read a lot on the TUDOR period in England. It was short-lived and ended with Henry VII's three grandchildren eventually each taking the throne. This was a era of intrigue, conniving, back stabbing and threats from abroad. Alliances were formed and broken. THE WHITE PRINCESS is less about love and romance as it is about political intrigue. It's was a fascinating time.
The actors are all exceptional and two stand outs in my mind are gorgeous Jodie Comer as Princess Elizabeth and lovely Rebecca Benson as Margaret Plantagenet. There is something particularly magical about Benson's portrayal of Margaret whose brother Teddy, another heir to the throne, is also imprisoned in the Tower of London. We can see the fear and angst in her eyes. Here is a show that is full of truly marvelous actors.
The British do historical dramas better than anyone else. THE WHITE PRINCESS is a delight to the senses and anyone with a modest interest in history will be fascinated by the beauty of THE WHITE PRINCESS