7 period dramas Outlander fans should watch to get through Droughtlander

VIKINGS -- photo acquired via A&E press site
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6. The White Queen

If you’re a fan of historical fiction and of the English Wars of the Roses period, then you’ll certainly want to give The White Queen a try. This BBC drama is one of love, deception, loss, fear, and royalty.

Based on three novels by Philippa Gregory, The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter, the story is about Elizabeth Woodville, the commoner wife of Edward IV of England, Margaret Beaufort, and Anne Neville. I make a point of her being a commoner because it is a driving part of the novel–of Edward’s mother’s opinion of her new daughter-in-law. Set in a time when England was in a rocky patch of its monarchy constantly at war, nobody is safe from betrayal and being overthrown.

We’re taken through the lives of these three key women in history, as their lives cross over and intertwine. Sometimes they are their own worst enemies and at other times they’re all they have to survive.

If you enjoy The White Queen, you’ll then want to continue with Starz’s The White Princess. BBC decided not to run with the followup, based on Gregory’s book of the same name. A third book is being developed as another follow-up by Starz, too.