I love history.
I especially love anything that has to do with the Tudors. Of course most people know about Henry VIII and his love of chopping off heads.
But what happened BEFORE Henry VIII?
I checked out The White Queen on Netflix. It's based on Philippa Gregory's books. If you haven't read her books, you need to.
The series is about two sides who want control of the crown. It reminds me of two children bickering and whining "I want the crown!" "No, I want the crown!"
It's the House of Lancaster versus the House of York. Someone is crowned--and then the crown is taken. Crown is back. And taken again.
It would have been a pain in the ass to live back then.
Meanwhile, Henry VIII's grandma is certain that her son, the heir of the house of Lancaster, will one day be king. We know it happens, but this lady seems a bit nutso when she spouts this out.
She keeps saying it! Even when the house of York pops out boys. Her husband is even like, "Lady, how is your son going to get on the throne with all these boys?"
Well, it turns out those boys start dying. You've heard of the Princes in the tower, yes? Well, the boy who was SUPPOSED to get the crown disappears, along with his brother. His uncle takes the crown for himself, saying that the boys were bastards.
It's just...a giant medieval soap opera, and I LOVE IT.
A lot of the people of England were like, "WTF?" when King Richard took the crown for himself instead of giving it to his nephew. So that gives an opening for Henry VIII's granny! A war ensues. The House of York against the House of Lancaster! History calls it The Wars of the Roses. Or, in that particular fight, the battle of Bosworth. It's like an insane football game--only this one includes swords and armor.
The series is amazing and I was bummed when I had watched all the episodes.
I wanted to see Henry VII's reign! See, he marries a York girl, because they want to have peace. You can imagine some drama comes from that. Henry VII's mama, who knew her son would be king, is...well...not the nicest mother-in-law.
It turns out, there MIGHT be a series about Henry VII's reign. Of course England will get to see it first, and I'm incredibly jealous. You guys have some fascinating history.
So yes, I always hate when I finish an awesome series.
Go see it, if you haven't!
(Someone even gets drowned in wine since he was guilty of treason. It was the king's brother, actually. Oops. Apparently this was only a RUMOR of really happening in the 1400s though. Still. Yikes.)