First Glimpse of The White Queen

The BBC premiere of The White Queen is just around the corner, and though those of us in the States have to wait another couple of months until we can see it, we can now get our first look at the show.  Starz, the network carrying the series in the U.S., has released a show trailer. It looks like anyone looking to get their fill of scheming period drama this summer knows just where to go.

For those unfamiliar with the details of The War of the Roses (which, let’s be honest, is most of us; I’m fuzzy on what I remember), Starz summarizes the action as we’ll see it in the show:

The House of York’s young and 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 with a beautiful Lancastrian commoner, Elizabeth Woodville, Warwick’s plan to control the throne comes crashing down.

A violent, high-stakes struggle ensues between Elizabeth, her most fierce adversary, Lancastrian Margaret Beaufort, and Anne Neville, the pawn in her father’s power game – each woman vying for the crown.

Or you can just take a look at the trailer:

Although there are a lot of men running around in the trailer, the focus really does seem to be on the women, which is awesome.  And am I just seeing things, or did I catch the briefest glimpse of Rupert Young, aka Sir Leon from Merlin?  We’ll start getting all of the answers to our questions when The White Queen premieres on BBC One on June 16, and then on Starz on August 10.