Is 'The White Queen' The New 'Game Of Thrones'?

The medieval world depicted in HBO's Game of Thrones is decidedly not of this Earth -- um, dragons! -- but it does find real world-inspiration for many of its battles, mad monarchs, and palace intrigue in the War of the Roses, the dynastic fight for the throne of England that occurred in the mid- to late-1400s. Accordingly, any TV show about the War of the Roses is bound to bear some similarities to Game of Thrones, right? Starz's latest drama, The White Queen, is based on Philippa Gregory's historical novels and is so similar to Game of Thrones that it might even help fill the void for anyone who just can't wait until the fourth season of HBO's epic drama arrives next spring. Consider these connections:

'The White Queen': Philippa Gregory's novel makes for historical, sexy television

It's never been easy to be a widow, but in the late Middle Ages, a mother left without a husband faced a future fraught with peril for herself and her children. And when that woman was in the middle of a national struggle, it took an extraordinary kind of courage and intelligence to not only survive but to rise.Premiering Saturday, Aug. 10 (with an advance screening on Friday, Aug. 9) on Starz, the 10-episode limited series "The White Queen" is set in pre-Tudor Britain in 1464, as the nation is embroiled in the Wars of the Roses, a series of dynastic conflicts between the related Houses of Lancaster (symbolized by the red rose) and York (symbolized by the white rose).The story focuses on British commoner Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson), the widow of a supporter of the House of York with two young sons. Through a twist of fate, she is introduced to King Edward IV...

Starz's The White Queen Puts a Sexy, Feminist Spin on England's Wars of the Roses

  Prepare for the real game of thrones. Many films and TV series have taken on Henry VIII and the Tudors, but shockingly little has been done on the English dynasty that preceded them: the magnificently brutal Plantagenets. That's odd, considering that the Plantagenets, who battled one another for 30 years in the calamitous Wars of the Roses, did just as much roaring and whoring as the Tudors did — and were way more dangerous and dysfunctional. Starz plans to rectify this royal oversight with The White Queen , a sweeping, sexually ...

Starz to Air Advance Screening of "The White Queen" Following "Magic City" Season Two Finale on Friday, August 9 at 10PM ET/PT

Plus: check out a new trailer for the 10-episode limited series.

'The White Queen': History, as told by Philippa Gregory and Starz

Based on the novels of Philippa Gregory ("The Other Boleyn Girl"), "The White Queen" tells the historical story of the War of the Roses. Starz presented the series at the TCA press tour, bringing English history to super-dramatic life.Honestly, it looks like it will be a wild ride.The central character of "The White Queen" is Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson), the wife of King Edward IV (Max Irons) of England in the 15th century. Following this commoner's marriage to the King, the story continues to follow Elizabeth through many court-set dramas. Romance, violence and even witchcraft figure into what happens next.In addition to Gregory, Ferguson and Irons, the TCA presentation featured James Frain (Lord Warwick), Janet McTeer (Jacquetta Woodville) and screenwriter Emma Frost.Quotes, many of them from Philippa Gregory:"I'm utterly indifferent to Kate Middleton's baby." - Philippa Gregory"It's going to have a terrible life, but if it was a girl, it would be a nightmare."...

Starz Releases The White Queen Inside Look

Starz’s inside look at The White Queen makes it clear that the women will be taking center stage in the battle for the throne of England. Based on Philippa Gregory’s The Cousins’War, the 10-part series is set in 1464 when the newly crowned King Edward IV (Max Irons) chooses Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson) as his Queen setting off a deadly power struggle between The House of York and The House of Lancaster (which were, in fact, two sides of the same family). READ MORE...

The White Queen Key Art: Unveiled!

Starz has come out with the first official poster for The White Queen . Premiering August 10, the upcoming drama is based on Philippa Gregory’s best-selling novels and will star Rebecca Ferguson, Max Irons, Janet McTeer, James Frain and Amanda Hall. It will be set in 14646 and focus on a feud between The House of York and The House of Lancaster, as war ravages Great Britain regarding who ought to be the rightful king. Read More...

'The White Queen' Draws More Than 5 Million Viewers in BBC Debut

With an average audience of 5.3 million, the medieval drama, a co-production with Starz, won the U.K. ratings in the Sunday 9pm time slot.

Official Trailer for Starz’s New Limited Series THE WHITE QUEEN

Starz has released a full-length trailer for its new limited series The White Queen. Based on Phillippa Gregory’s best-selling series of novels that dramatize the War of the Roses, the show is told from the perspective of three women who laid claim to the English throne in the mid 15th century: Elizabeth Woodville (The White Queen), Margaret Beaufort (The Red Queen), and Anne Neville (The Kingmaker’s Daughter). It’s clear from this debut trailer that the show is very heavily influenced by the success of HBO’s Game of Thrones, but the prospect of telling an historical story from a female perspective is certainly promising. Moreover, the “limited series” (ie. miniseries) nature of the show means that Starz will be telling a complete story from beginning to end in 10 episodes. READ MORE... ">READ MORE...

Starz Releases Full-Length Trailer for 'White Queen' (Video)

Rebecca Ferguson and Max Irons co-star in the period drama adapted from Philippa Gregory's bestselling novels.