The White Queen

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The White Queen is a 10-part television drama series produced by American network Starz, BBC One and Belgian network Eén. It is based on Philippa Gregory‘s historical novel series The Cousins’ War (The White Queen, The Red Queen, and The Kingmaker’s Daughter).

The series is set against the backdrop of the Wars of the Roses and presents the story of the women involved in the long conflict for the throne of England. In 1464 the nation has been at war for nine years fighting over who the rightful King is as two sides of the same family, the House of York and the House of Lancaster contest the throne.

Andrew Gower played historical figure Lord Strange in episodes 9 and 10.

Lord Strange (1460-1503) was also known as George Stanley, the son and heir of Thomas Stanley, 1st Earl of Derby (Rupert Graves). He was born in Knowsley, Lancashire. On his father’s second marriage to Lady Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale) George Stanley became step-brother to her son Henry Tudor (Oscar Kennedy, later Michael Marcus).

In 1482 he married Joan le Strange (granddaughter of Jacquetta of Luxembourg (Janet McTeer) who was the mother of Elizabeth Woodville (The White Queen, Rebecca Ferguson)), thereby becoming the 9th Baron Strange.

Three years later, he became a central figure at the Battle of Bosworth Field, the last significant battle during the War of the Roses, when he was held hostage by King Richard III in order to ensure the support of Lord Strange’s father and his substantial armies.

Read more about Lord Strange on Wikipedia.


Trivia:

  • Andrew filmed his scenes in January 2013 in Bruges (Belgium).
  • The White Queen premiered on 16 June 2013 (BBC One, UK) and 10 August 2013 (Starz, USA).
  • In the sequel The White Princess, Lord Strange was played by English actor Nicholas Audsley.