• Published to coincide with major 10-part BBC drama THE WHITE QUEEN adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s 3 bestselling historical novels (The White Queen [Elizabeth Woodville], The Red Queen [Margaret Beaufort] and The Kingmaker's Daughter [Anne Neville]) due to begin broadcasting in May 2013 in the primetime 9pm BBC1 Sunday evening slot. This will generate huge interest in these forgotten queens of England. • REBECCA FERGUSON is to play the part of Elizabeth Woodville in the BBC series.
Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV, mother of Elizabeth of York and the Princes in the Tower, and grandmother of Henry VIII, has been vilified and defended in turn. Was she a cunning enchantress, an ambitious advancer of her family’s fortunes, or a courageous and tragic figure who lost husbands, brothers and sons during this turbulent period? Discover the real story of the ‘White Queen’.
Born into a family of Lancastrians, the exceptionally beautiful Elizabeth captured the heart of the young Yorkist king, Edward IV, and found herself caught in the complex web of rivalries, loves and conspiracies that lay at the heart of the Wars of the Roses. She would wield immense influence as queen, watch her brother-in-law confine her sons to the Tower of London to face an unknown fate, and ultimately unite the Houses of Lancaster and York through the marriage of her daughter to Henry Tudor.