|Edward IV and Elizabeth at Reading Abbey 1464|
I didn't intend to watch The White Queen, mentally writing it off as another of the same, but after the first episode, I have to admit I am hooked.
Perhaps I am blogging this because there have been so many detractors on FB amongst the writing fraternity who have declared it as giving a completely incorrect view of the late fifteenth century - even down to
lambasting the use of a zipper on a dress by history purists - well don't forget the cameras filming the whole thing!
|Edward IV Marries Lady Elizabeth Grey|
History aside, and there is plenty of accurate history in amongst the dramatic scenes, taking the series as a fact-based drama, I think it's quite impressive. The characteristion of the three women, Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville may not be completely accurate - and maybe the York boys weren't so good looking and healthy, but they all make great TV.
It's beautifully filmed without being unrealistically glossy, and Ms Gregory's intention regarding her recent interview on the series, of showing the three women as the major players behind the throne, is excellently done. I loved the cleverly filmed witchcraft aspects. No cauldrons or chanting, but subtle knowing looks and silent whistling - magic as it should be. It didn't make me think Jaquetta and Elizabeth were sorceresses - but a bit of wishful thinking never hurt!
Photos from BBC