The White Queen continues on BBC One, Sunday 28 July at 9pm.
Elizabeth gives birth again but the baby doesn’t breathe. Margaret Beaufort, who is not enjoying her position as her lady in waiting, is given the child. The boy comes alive in Margaret’s hands and Elizabeth believes Margaret has saved him.
Anne also has a baby boy, and is living happily away from court. This peace is destroyed when she realises her husband Richard Duke of Gloucester has brought her mother to live with them. Anne’s mother sows doubts about Richard’s feelings for Anne and this makes Anne secretly question his motives in marrying her.
Edward IV is set on war with France; persuaded by his brother George’s endless greed and desire to become Regent. However, as they arrive to fight, King Louis offers Edward a generous peace deal which he accepts. George is eaten up with fury as he will now not be French Regent. Richard is ashamed of his brother’s peace deal. While Edward is overindulging in the French court, George makes a secret pact with the French King.
The sons of York return from war as enemies. At court, Elizabeth toasts for the Neville sisters to be as fertile as their mother, and Isabel is terrified that she has cursed them both to only have girls. George hires a sorcerer to counteract Elizabeth’s curse and accuses her of witchcraft. Isabel gives birth to a son but she dies soon afterwards and events suddenly spiral out of control as George openly accuses the Queen of poisoning her. Edward can bear it no longer and, putting aside his love for his brother, he has George tried for treason and drowns him in a vat of Malmsey wine.
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