3 Things I Learned While Watching The White Queen

I consider myself something of an expert in 15th and 16th century English history.

I’ve not only watched all four seasons of The Tudors, but also read both novels in Hilary Mantel‘s double-Man-Booker-award-winning Wolf Hall (eventual) trilogy.

Most recently I watched The White Queen, based on Philippa Gregory’s historical novels.


The White Queen conducting lute and harpsichord in a medieval version of The Macarena. Image source: Starz

My knowledge of these periods is now eclipsed only by the extensive surgical knowledge I’ve gained over many seasons of Grey’s Anatomy.

Anyway, here are 3 things I thought you should know.

1. The War Of The Roses was a 30-year game of thrones, minus the dragons, for the English crown. It was not, in fact, an epic battle between rival floristry companies.

80s film The War Of The Roses contains many anachronisms. Note the historically inaccurate parchment from which Lord Douglas reads.

James Frain was a recurring figure in English history, playing key roles during the reigns of both Edward IV (mid-1400s) and Henry VIII (1530s). His death in 1471 was not an impediment due to his also being a vampire mercenary during the little-known True Blood dynasty.

Should I be a vamp too Cromwell? I could marry a bunch more chicks.

Should I be a vampire too, Cromwell? I could marry a bunch more chicks. Image source: Showtime

3. If you believe something is God’s will (as did Margaret Beaufort, grandmother to Henry VIII), then you need to plot and scheme and manipulate for years on end to get your way. Um I mean help to God, who obviously can’t be relied upon to manifest said will without your assistance.

Sheesh if you want God's will done you have to do it yourself.

Sheesh if you want God’s will done, you have to do it yourself. Image source: Starz


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