The Real White Queen and Her Rivals

The Real White Queen and Her Rivals

Series 1 - Episode 1



This two-parter is an excellent short companion for anyone lost in the maze of The White Queen’s dramatic twists and its cast of interconnected characters. With admirable clarity, author Philippa Gregory, who wrote the Wars of the Roses novels on which The White Queen is based, carefully leads us through the real lives of the three women at the heart of her books and the TV series, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne Neville and Margaret Beaufort.

With contributions from other authors and historians, Gregory describes the frequently savage dynastic politics of the era, as the great Houses of York and Lancaster fought bloodily for supremacy.


Part one of two. Author Philippa Gregory examines the stories of Edward IV's queen consort Elizabeth Woodville and her rivals Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville, who inspired her series of novels The Cousins' War and a BBC adaptation. They lived through the treason and bloodshed of the Wars of the Roses in the 15th century and Gregory reveals why the loyalties, rebellions, plots and betrayals of these women were decisive in shaping the history of England.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Philippa Gregory
Director Sarah Jobling
Producer Sarah Jobling