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A Guide to the World of the Spanish Princess

In recent years, STARZ has produced three shows that take place during the height of England's Wars of the Roses and that continue into the Tudor period. The series started with "The White Queen," followed by "The White Princess," and the first season of "The Spanish Princess."

The shows are full of royal intrigue, coups, backstabbing, affairs, and ruthless machinations, and the best part is, it's all based on real history, which makes the narratives that much more entertaining. There's a reason TV and filmmakers keep coming back to this time period for shows and movies — the real-life events are more fantastical than anything a fiction writer could invent, and the plot points get juicier with every passing series.

If you've always wanted to jump in on these STARZ period pieces, here is a guide to the world of the Tudors and don't forget to tune into "The Spanish Princess" Sundays @ 8 PM ET.

 

***Spoilers for The White Queen, The White Princess, and season one of The Spanish Princess follow***

 

Begin with "The White Queen"

 

 

"The White Queen" follows three women—Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca Ferguson), Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale), and Anne Neville (Faye Marsay)—as they battle for power behind the scenes in Britain's royal family. 

Elizabeth Woodville, known as the titular "White Queen," was married to King Edward IV (Max Irons) from 1464 to 1483. When he died suddenly in 1483, his young son, Edward V (Sonny Asbourne Serkis), becomes king, with the late Edward's brother Richard (Aneurin Barnard) installed as Lord Protector due to Edward V's young age.

However, the Lord Protector seizes the throne for himself just a few months later, crowning himself King Richard III. Helping orchestrate all of this is Richard's wife, Anne Neville, who becomes queen when he takes the throne. Other villains include Henry Tudor, who eventually became King Henry VII. and his mother, Margaret Beaufort, also known as the "Red Queen," pulling strings behind the scenes to get her son on the throne. 

"The White Queen" was an incredible start to the series about Tudor England and sets the stage for the series to follow. Richard III was a famously villainous figure, and he and Anne Neville make quite the pair of foils for the "White Queen," especially when they conspire to have her two young sons murdered. In real life, young Edward V and his younger brother (also named Richard) were imprisoned in the Tower of London — earning the nickname of the "Princes in the Tower" — and were never seen again. Historians generally believe that Richard III had them killed, though "The White Princess" posits another theory that is quite juicy.

Anyway, the young King Henry VII (Michael Marcus) earns his place as a hero by taking Richard out at the Battle of Bosworth Field. The next entry in the Tudor series, "The White Princess", is set up nicely when Henry VII marries King Edward IV's daughter, Elizabeth of York (Freya Mavor), uniting the Houses of Lancaster and York and ending the Wars of the Roses.

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Continue the Story with "The White Princess"

 

 

The next entry in the series follows Elizabeth "Lizzie" of York (Jodie Comer) and Henry VII (Jacob Collins-Levy) as they navigate an arranged, loveless marriage while being forced to present a united front to fend off threats from all sides. Two of the biggest hurdles to their happiness are their own mothers — Lizzie's mother Elizabeth Woodville (Essie Davis) and Henry's mother Margaret Beaufort (Michelle Fairley) are constantly at odds, with Woodville plotting against the Tudor family to return British control to the House of York.

However, as time goes on, Lizzie and Henry grow fond of one another, and they begin to work together to form an alliance with Spain. The one sticking point is that Lizzie's aunt, Margaret of Burgundy (Joanne Whalley), is rallying support for a man saying he is King Edward IV's youngest son, a long-disappeared heir apparent. Lizzie and Elizabeth Woodville are convinced he is their long-lost brother and son, but Lizzie realizes that in order to protect her sons, she must have him executed, after which she and Henry VII are able to betroth their eldest son to the "Spanish Princess."

At its heart, "The White Princess" is a love story — albeit an unusual one. The contempt between Lizzie and Henry is front and center at the onset of the series, and it's fascinating to watch how they come to care for one another. Comer, a future Emmy winner for "Killing Eve," is particularly strong in this piece as a woman torn between family, duty, and love. 

 

Catch Up with "The Spanish Princess"

 

 

The third series might be the most exciting yet, as it starts at the beginning of a very famous period in British history — that of King VIII and his six wives. In this series, Catherine of Aragon (Charlotte Hope) is the titular "Spanish Princess" and Henry's first wife. The daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella (Alicia Borrachero) of Spain has been betrothed to the eldest son of King Henry VII (Elliot Cowan) and Elizabeth of York (Alexandra Moen), but Catherine finds out on her wedding day that the man she has been in a romantic correspondence with is, in fact, Arthur's younger brother, Harry (Ruairi O'Connor), pretending to be her betrothed. 

When Arthur suddenly falls ill and dies, followed shortly by the death of his mother, Catherine finds herself stuck between wanting to marry the Harry she knows and the machinations of his father, King Henry VII, who announces that he will wed Catherine himself. However, when Henry VII dies, Harry assumes the throne and becomes known as King Henry VIII, while Catherine of Aragon becomes the ill-fated queen. 

Stories about Henry VIII and his wives are often told from the King's point of view, and it's a refreshing change of pace for the narrative of "The Spanish Princess" to center the perspective of one of the only women who survived being married to him. The second season promises to get into some of the dangerous intrigue that led to Catherine and Henry's famous divorce. Look out for Henry's second wife, Anne Boleyn (the subject of many other fictionalized Tudor accounts) to make an appearance. 

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The Novels That Started It All 

 

 

The reign of the Tudors had a lot going on that made it a fascinating time in history — coups, executions, affairs, and intrigue.  STARZ does an excellent job bringing this time period to life, but if you want even more medieval dirty laundry, you're best served by going right to the (fictional) source on which the shows are based.

British historical fiction writer Philippa Gregory wrote the basis for much of the Tudor-centric media viewers have come to love, compiling her many works into an extensive series called "The Plantagenet and Tudor novels". While there has been some criticism of Gregory's use of creative license, the gist of the stories are accurate and the novels serve as supplemental reading for fan of the STARZ series. 

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Critical Acclaim for the Tudors 

The San Francisco Chronicle called "The White Queen" an "entertaining romp through a complicated and fascinating period of English history," while Entertainment Weekly said "The White Princess" "grounds itself in the journey of its titular heroine with a sharp understanding of a new queen's difficult, often precarious position."

As for "The Spanish Princess,"  the Los Angeles Times praised the first season as "an elegant and powerful tribute to a queen who's all too often been defined by the gluttony of her husband but whose influence changed the very fabric of England."

Season two of "The Spanish Princess" airs Sundays, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on STARZ. 

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The Spanish Princess

Historical drama television series

The Spanish Princess is a historical drama television limited series developed by Emma Frost and Matthew Graham for Starz. Based on the novels The Constant Princess (2005) and The King's Curse (2014) by Philippa Gregory, it is a sequel to the miniseries The White Queen and The White Princess. It centres around Catherine of Aragon (Charlotte Hope), the eponymous Spanish princess who became Queen of England as the first wife of King Henry VIII (Ruairi O'Connor).

Designed as a 16-part limited series, the first eight episodes premiered on May 5, 2019. On June 3, 2019, Starz ordered the remaining eight episodes, which premiered on October 11, 2020. The series finale aired on November 29, 2020.

Premise[edit]

Teenaged princess Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Spanish rulers Isabella and Ferdinand, finally travels to England, to meet her husband by proxy, Arthur, Prince of Wales, heir apparent of Henry VII of England, to whom she has been betrothed since she was a child. Unwelcome by some, she and her diverse court, including her lady-in-waiting Lina, who is of Moorish ancestry, struggle to adapt to English customs. Catherine is horrified to learn that Arthur's younger brother, the arrogant Henry, Duke of York, is the author of the romantic correspondence she has received. When Arthur dies suddenly, her destiny as the one who will bring peace between Spain and England seems in doubt, until she sets her sights on Prince Henry.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Sai Bennett as Princess Mary of England, later Queen of France. Isla Merrick-Lawless portrays a younger Princess Mary.
  • Alicia Borrachero as Queen Isabella of Castille
  • Andrew Buchan as Thomas More
  • Laura Carmichael as Margaret "Maggie" Pole
  • Daniel Cerqueira as De Fuensalida, the Spanish ambassador to England
  • Aaron Cobham as Oviedo, a Spanish Muslim crossbow-maker and one of Princess Catherine of Aragon's guards
  • Elliot Cowan as King Henry VII of England
  • Philip Cumbus as Thomas Wolsey
  • Antonio de la Torre as King Ferdinand II of Aragon
  • Peter Egan as General Thomas Howard
  • Alba Galocha as Queen Joanna of Castile
  • Chloe Harris as Lady Elizabeth "Bessie" Blount
  • Georgie Henley as Princess Margaret "Meg" Tudor, later Queen of Scotland
  • Charlotte Hope as Princess Catherine of Aragon, later Queen of England
  • Angus Imrie as Crown Prince Arthur Tudor
  • Stephanie Levi-John as Lina de Cardonnes, a Morisco lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon
  • Gordon Kennedy as John Stewart, Duke of Albany
  • Alan McKenna as Sir Richard Pole
  • Alexandra Moen as Elizabeth of York, Queen of England
  • Ruairi O'Connor as Harry, Duke of York, later King Henry VIII of England
  • Nadia Parkes as Rosa de Vargas, a lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon
  • Richard Pepper as Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire
  • Jordan Renzo as Charles "Charlie" Brandon
  • Olly Rix as Edward Stafford
  • Ray Stevenson as King James IV of Scotland
  • Harriet Walter as Margaret Beaufort, the King's Mother

Recurring[edit]

Guests[edit]

Episodes[edit]

  1. ^ abSome sources refer to the two parts of the limited series as seasons.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On March 15, 2018, it was announced that Starz had greenlit the production. Emma Frost and Matthew Graham were set to serve as showrunners in addition to executive producing alongside Colin Callender, Scott Huff, Charlie Pattinson, and Charlie Hampton. Production companies All3 Media's New Pictures and Playground were expected to be involved.[17]

On May 17, 2018, it was reported that the first two episodes would be directed by Birgitte Stærmose and that most episodes in the series would be directed by women.[18]

On June 3, 2019, Starz announced that the series would return for another eight episodes and that Graham and Frost "always intended for The Spanish Princess to span 16 episodes, but they wrote a natural stopping place after the first eight just in case."[19] Part two would be broadcast in 2020, with stars Charlotte Hope and Ruairi O'Connor returning to the show as Catherine and Henry,[20] "along with other key cast."[21] It was confirmed on June 9, 2019, by showrunner Emma Frost, that both Georgie Henley and Olly Rix, who portray Meg Tudor and Edward Stafford, would return for the next eight episodes and that Meg's role would be "huge in the back eight" and that "we are totally with her story, we're up in Scotland, we're sort of Spanish Princess meets Outlander" and that Stafford would get some "redemption."[22] Richard Pepper's agent confirmed, on May 8, 2020, that he would return as Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire.[23] Jordan Renzo's return as Charles Brandon was confirmed by the part two teaser trailer on May 7, 2020 and Laura Carmichael's return was confirmed in an interview done by Emma Frost and Matthew Graham; the same interview confirmed that part two would "move around from France to England to Scotland a lot more and tell three interconnected stories."[24]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the directing announcement, it was confirmed that Charlotte Hope, Stephanie Levi-John, Angus Imrie, Harriet Walter, Laura Carmichael, Ruairi O'Connor, Georgie Henley, Elliot Cowan, Alexandra Moen, Philip Cumbus, Nadia Parkes, Aaron Cobham, Alan McKenna, Richard Pepper, Olly Rix, Jordan Renzo, Daniel Cerqueira, and Alicia Borrachero had been cast in the series.[18]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series commenced on May 15, 2018, at Wells Cathedral in Wells, Somerset.[25]

Principal photography for part two commenced on September 26, 2019[26] and finished on March 11, 2020,[27] one day before lockdown due to COVID-19. Some filming took place at Mendip Hills, which doubled for Flodden Field.[citation needed]

Release[edit]

On December 20, 2018, a "first look" still image from the series was released.[28] On January 25, 2019, a teaser trailer for the series was released.[29]

On March 7, 2019, the series was given a May 5, 2019, premiere date.[30] On September 10, 2020, the trailer for part two was released; the eight-episode installment premiered on October 11, 2020.[31]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The series received mixed to positive reviews in the United States. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, part one of the series has an approval rating of 75% based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 7.13/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Spanish Princess blends soapy melodrama with beautifully rendered historical set-pieces to paint a rounder — if still not fully realized — portrait of an often overlooked queen."[32]Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 73 out of 100 based on six critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[33]

In Spain, the series caused curiosity upon release, but later received a combination of hard criticisms and tired indifference. It was accused of "wild historical inaccuracy", and has been described by various media as "insulting", "offensive", and "as full of stereotyping as sadly expected". The newspaper ABC wrote that it "invents and humiliates [Catherine's] history."[34] The newspaper 20minutos and the TV guide by eldiario.es both call it "one of the worst shows about Spanish history."[35][36]

Ratings[edit]

Home media release[edit]

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The White Princess (miniseries)

British-American historical fiction television series, based on Philippa Gregory's 2013 novel of the same name

The White Princess is a historical drama television miniseries developed for Starz. It is based on Philippa Gregory's 2013 novel of the same name and, to a lesser extent, its 2014 sequel The King's Curse. It is a sequel to the 2013 miniseries The White Queen, which adapted three of Gregory's previous novels, and begins immediately where The White Queen finished.

In the eight episode series, the marriage of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York effectively ends the Wars of the Roses by uniting the houses of Lancaster and York. However, their mutual enmity and distrust, as well as the political plots of their mothers, threaten to tear both the marriage and the kingdom apart.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Jodie Comer as Elizabeth "Lizzie" of York, the Queen of England
  • Rebecca Benson as Margaret "Maggie" Plantagenet, the Queen's paternal cousin, sister of Teddy
  • Jacob Collins-Levy as Henry VII, the King of England, Elizabeth's husband
  • Kenneth Cranham as Bishop (later Cardinal) John Morton, a confidant of the King's mother
  • Essie Davis as Dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville, the Queen's mother
  • Michelle Fairley as Margaret Beaufort, the King's mother
  • Rossy de Palma as Isabella I of Castile, the Queen of Castile
  • Richard Dillane as Thomas Stanley, Margaret Beaufort's husband
  • Anthony Flanagan as Francis Lovell, a Yorkist supporter
  • Patrick Gibson as Richard of York, a pretender to the English crown and husband of Cathy Gordon.
  • Caroline Goodall as Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, the Queen's paternal grandmother. Goodall is the only actor appearing in both The White Queen and The White Princess.
  • Amy Manson as Catherine "Cathy" Gordon, wife of Richard of York
  • Adrian Rawlins as John de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk, husband of Eliza de la Pole
  • Vincent Regan as Jasper Tudor, the King's uncle
  • Suki Waterhouse as Cecily of York, the Queen's sister
  • Joanne Whalley as Margaret, Duchess of Burgundy, the Queen's paternal aunt
  • Andrew Whipp as Sir Richard Pole, husband of Maggie Plantagenet

Recurring[edit]

  • Nicholas Audsley as Lord Strange
  • Rhys Connah (child) and Albert de Jongh (teen) as Edward "Teddy" Plantagenet, Earl of Warwick, the Queen's cousin, brother of Maggie
  • Heidi Ely as Princess Bridget, the Queen's sister
  • Oliver Hembrough as John de la Pole, Earl of Lincoln, the Duke of Suffolk's son
  • Rosie Knightley as Princess Anne, the Queen's sister
  • Ava Masters as Princess Catherine, the Queen's sister
  • Rollo Skinner as Ned, a stable boy
  • Susie Trayling as Elizabeth "Eliza" de la Pole, Duchess of Suffolk, the Queen's paternal aunt
  • Guy Williams as William Stanley, Lord Thomas's brother
  • Iain Batchelor as Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor
  • Dorian Grover as Philip
  • Zazie Hayhurst as Rettie
  • Billy Barratt as Prince Arthur, the King's first son
  • Woody Norman as Prince Harry, the King's second son
  • Philip Arditti as Rodrigo de Puebla, the Spanish ambassador

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The 10-part 2013 television series The White Queen adapted Gregory's previous novels The White Queen (2009), The Red Queen (2010) and The Kingmaker's Daughter (2012).[13] The series was broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom and on Starz in the United States, and features Freya Mavor as a young Elizabeth of York.[13] Despite initial plans for a second series, on 20 August 2013 the BBC announced they were not commissioning one, possibly due to the lukewarm reception the series received.[14]

However, in October 2013, The Telegraph reported that Starz was planning to develop a sequel miniseries called The White Princess, based on Gregory's novel.[15] Starz CEO Chris Albrecht announced in January 2014 that the network was working with White Queen screenwriter Emma Frost on the project.[16] Starz would produce the White Princess miniseries without involvement from the BBC.[16] Gregory confirmed that the project was underway in August 2015.[17] On 7 February 2016, Gregory announced on Facebook that the sequel was officially confirmed to be in production, with the scripts being written.[18] The series was confirmed to be eight episodes in May 2016.[19][20]

Jamie Payne, who directed three episodes of The White Queen, directed episodes 1, 2, 3, 7, and 8. Frost was the showrunner and executive producer. Lachlan MacKinnon is served as producer, with Gregory as executive producer. Playground's Colin Callender and Scott Huff also executive produced with Company Pictures' Michele Buck.[21]

Casting[edit]

Jodie Comer was cast in the title role of Elizabeth of York in April 2016,[22] with Michelle Fairley added as Margaret Beaufort in May.[19] In June 2016, Starz announced the casting of Essie Davis as Dowager Queen Elizabeth, Jacob Collins-Levy as Henry VII, Suki Waterhouse as Cecily of York, Rebecca Benson as Margaret Plantagenet, and Joanne Whalley as Margaret, Duchess of Burgundy.[23] The remaining cast includes Caroline Goodall as Duchess Cecily, Kenneth Cranham as Bishop Morton, Vincent Regan as Jasper Tudor and Rhys Connah as Teddy Plantagenet.[24]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began in June 2016,[23][24] with locations including Bradford on Avon,[25]Bristol,[21]Berkeley Castle, Gloucester Cathedral,[26]Lacock,[27]Salisbury Cathedral,[28] and Wells.[29]

Release[edit]

In early January 2017, the producers released a video clip from the series as a teaser trailer.[30] In February 2017, Starz announced that The White Princess would premiere on 16 April 2017.[31] In the UK the series began its satellite and terrestrial broadcasts on the Drama channel on 18 November 2017.

Reception[edit]

The miniseries received generally favorable reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 76% based on reviews from 17 critics, with an average rating of 6.95/10. The website's critics consensus indicated the series was "well-acted and enlivened by its fresh perspective" and "delivers more than enough intrigue to satisfy fans of period British royal court drama."[32] On Metacritic, the show has a weighted average score of 71 based on reviews from 9 critics.[33]

Continuation[edit]

On 15 March 2018, Starz announced that it will create a continuation of The White Queen and The White Princess to be titled The Spanish Princess, which will be based on Gregory's novels The Constant Princess and The King's Curse and center on Catherine of Aragon.[34]

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