Book to Screen: Starz’s White Princess Adaptation

“As my wife, you cannot refuse me. I have a right to you, as your betrothed husband. From now, till your death, you will never be able to refuse me. There can be no rape between us, only my rights and your duty.” Philippa Gregory, White Princess

How was Starz's White Princess adaptation? It was better than the book!

WOAH. The Starz’s White Princess Adaptation has premiered and all I can say is DAMN. Straight up, the show is going to be better than the book. No questions asked. Here’s why….

I’m a huge Philippa Gregory fan and I devoured both her Tudors series and The Cousins War series.  The White Princess is the connector of the two. ** Brief history lesson, Elizabeth of York (the white princess) marries Henry Tudor and ends the cousin war. Later she gives birth to Henry VIII. **  Ok, back to the book. I didn’t really care for Elizabeth in the novel. She seemed like, well, the filler between two WAY better stories. The Starz version makes her bad ass though and it all revolves around one scene.


Henry and Elizabeth do not want to marry, but in order to unite England and stop the wars between the two families, all their advisors say they must wed. Elizabeth was in love with her uncle, Richard the III whom Henry killed in battle. **Another history lesson – Richard the III killed Elizabeth’s baby brothers (the princes in the tower) so he could take the throne. This girl has ZERO sense. Way to stay loyal to the sibs sweetheart.** Elizabeth keeps provoking Henry, going so far as to taunt him with the fact that she slept with Richard. Henry does not take kindly to this and in the book he rapes her.

In the Starz version though, when she realizes his intent, she turns the tables. She offers herself to him to take back the power and prove that he can’t break her. This non-rape is pretty controversial but I kinda love the mind games she plays on him. The producers explained that they changed the scenes so that she could both prove her power and so that the audience can fall in love more easily with the king down the line. **Departing from history, this show supposes that one of the princes got away from the tower and is going to come back to take the crown. Oh and Henry’s mom is the one that had them killed in the show, not Richard.**

Honestly, if you love Historical Fiction, you will love this show. It was just as good at the original series The White Queen. While technically, this is the sequel to the show, it has a different cast. I would still recommend watching the first series though just to follow the story lines. (You can catch up for free if you are an amazon prime member) Episode 1 throws you right into the action so the background knowledge is helpful to have.

Did anyone else see it yet? How do you think it compares to The White Queen?

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Book to Screen: Starz’s White Princess AdaptationThe White Princess by Philippa Gregory
Published by Simon and Schuster on July 23rd 2013
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Literary, Media Tie-In, Romance, General, Thrillers, Suspense, Biographical
Pages: 528
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From “queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory comes this instant New York Times bestseller that tells the story of the remarkable Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, and mother to the House of Tudor.

When Henry Tudor picks up the crown of England from the mud of Bosworth field, he knows he must marry the princess of the enemy house—Elizabeth of York—to unify a country divided by war for nearly two decades.

But his bride is still in love with his slain enemy, Richard III—and her mother and half of England dream of a missing heir, sent into the unknown by the White Queen. While the new monarchy can win power, it cannot win hearts in an England that plots for the triumphant return of the House of York.

Henry’s greatest fear is that somewhere a prince is waiting to invade and reclaim the throne. When a young man who would be king leads his army and invades England, Elizabeth has to choose between the new husband she is coming to love and the boy who claims to be her beloved lost brother: the rose of York come home at last.

Does the Starz' White Princess adaptation live up to the book? Or could it actually be better?