The White Queen ep 9 The Princes in the Tower
The White Queen is a mini series based on Philippa Gregory‘s historical novel series The Cousins’ War and presents the story of the women involved in the Wars of the Roses, mainly Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville, who relentlessly plot to put their idea of the “rightful” king on the throne.
Historical reference: The Princes in the Tower (Wikipedia)
It is the year 1484. After the sudden death of King Edward (Max Irons), his brother Richard (Aneurin Barnard) has crowned himself king instead of serving as regent for his underaged nephew Prince Edward (Sonny Ashbourne Serkis). To secure his position, he declares the marriage between King Edward and Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson) invalid and their children as illegitimate. Queen Anne (Faye Marsay) visits Sir Robert Brackenbury (Shaun Dooley), the Constable of the Tower, in secret to express her fears that her husband’s throne will not be safe as long as the princes, who are imprisoned in the Tower, are alive.
Lord Thomas Stanley (Rupert Graves) gathers a rescue party to free the princes from the Tower but convinces his wife Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale) that her son Henry Tudor (Michael Marcus) would benefit from the boys’ death. Before they strike, Lord Stanley sends his own son, Lord Strange (Andrew Gower) with a letter to Brackenbury warning him of the attack thus ensuring that – no matter the outcome – he can always be seen as a supporter of the winning party. The attempt fails as well as a rebellion led by the Duke of Buckingham (Arthur Darvill) and Stanley, who betrayed his wife’s part in the revolt, is awarded her lands while she is placed under house arrest.
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