Episode 2 of The White Queen (2013) begins with Elizabeth Woodville’s coronation as Queen of England. This was an historic moment, as it also represented the first time in English history where a commoner was crowned queen. In fact, Elizabeth’s coronation would go on to add legitimacy to another commoner queen, Anne Boleyn, who married Elizabeth’s great-grandson Henry VIII to much controversy and outcry.
The episode wraps up, fast-forwarding three years in the future, when Edward IV is captured by Warwick and Clarence in their attempt to depose him and reinstate Henry VI to the throne. Elizabeth vows vengeance on Edward’s treasonous cousin and brother after she learns that her father and brother have been summarily executed without charges laid against them. Overall, this episode was a little tough to follow with the time skipping ahead from 1465 to 1466 to 1469/1470. I get that they have to cram a lot of history into an hour, but it made events hard to keep track of.
As far as the costumes go, there were a lot of pretty good examples of 1460s fashion and a lot of examples where it’s clear we are not supposed to notice that there’s a 100-year difference between eras in a single scene. Sorry, it’s my job to notice these things. I give it a 4/10.
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