Starz has risen in popularity the past few years with huge television hits like Outlander, returning for its third season in September, and The White Queen collaboration with BBC. Subscriptions are available through Amazon, making new episodes available at the viewer’s convenience. So it’s no surprise that another Philippa Gregory hit book is being adapted for our small screens with Starz’ production of The White Princess. A female centric look at British history – it’s eye candy as well as mildly educational.
“She must have been a dynamic character: someone who thinks about her circumstances, who makes up her own mind, and has a determination to work her will on her world.”
To end The Cousin’s War of the 15th century English monarchy, Henry VII the Lancastrian heir wed Elizabeth of York the York princess. Elizabeth is hidden in history as most women are, ignored or stereotyped. In The White Princess Philippa Gregory unfolds a story using factual events to uncover the character of a woman who was daughter, sister, niece, wife, mother, grandmother and finally ancestor to kings and queens of England, all the way down to the ruling monarchs of today’s Britain. To sample The White Princess click on the book image below, and the preview link will take you to the first pages.
Enjoy the preface as well as the first chapter; read about Gregory’s experience as a historian attempting to draw out real female characters where history has mostly written them off. Speaking of “The White Princess” Elizabeth of York, Gregory states, “When I consider her education, her upbringing as a princess during a civil war, the teachings of her sophisticated and successful mother and diplomat grandmother, I certainly don’t see a passive victim. She must have been a dynamic character: someone who thinks about her circumstances, who makes up her own mind, and has a determination to work her will on her world.”