Elizabeth is worried that Edward is allowing Henry Tudor to return back home from exile. Edward reveals to her that he would rather have his enemies close. After Edward suddenly becomes extremely ill he names his brother Richard as Lord Protector on his deathbed. Elizabeth is devastated following his death as she is no longer Queen and her fortunes have gone.
"The White Queen" is the thrilling story of the women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne - they are some of the most ruthless players in history and will stop at nothing to support their own causes and those of the ones they love.
It is a stunningly rich tale of love and loss, seduction and deception, betrayal and hug, vibrantly woven through the stories of three different yet equally driven women, in their quest for power as they manipulate behind the scenes of history - Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville.
The year is 1464 and England has been at war for nine years battling over who is the rightful King of England - it is a war between two sides of the same family, The House of York and The House of Lancaster.
The House of York's young and devilishly handsome Edward IV is crowned King of England with the help of the master manipulator Lord Warwick "The Kingmaker". But when Edward falls in love and secretly marries a beautiful young widow, the commoner Elizabeth Woodville, Warwick's plan for control over the English throne comes crashing down around him. Frustrated by the new Queen's influence he will stop at nothing to maintain his grip on the King.
The captivating and beautiful Elizabeth Woodville marries for the love of her King, with the help of her mother Jacquetta a self proclaimed sorceress. Elizabeth's most fierce adversary is the staunchly loyal Lancastrian Margaret Beaufort - a damaged and highly religious woman who would willingly lay down her life to see her young son Henry Tudor take the throne. And then there is Anne Neville, Lord Warwick The Kingmaker's daughter - a pawn in her father's battle for control; who finds her strength and ambition when she takes control of her destiny and marries the King's younger brother Richard Duke of Gloucester.