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An enjoyable watching experience, just take the history with a pinch of salt
on March 27, 2014
I enjoyed this TV series and found that the acting was great and the set superb. Okay, so there are a few historical inaccuracies with the costume etc., but not enough to divert from the overall enjoyment of the show. (Besides, part of the fun can always be spotting such inaccuracies, right?)
I found the series to be a much more tame version of "Game of Thrones"--less action, more talking. If that doesn't sound appealing to you then stay clear of it. Also, if blatant fiction being portrayed as fact will drive you around the twist then I advise you to stay clear of it also. To name but a few; Elizabeth Woodville and her mother are shown to be witches, Anne Neville is portrayed as a harsh and greedy harpy and Margaret Beaufort's piety is shown to such extremes that she comes across as entirely loony. Overall, very dramatized personas that, of course, make for good TV. (And historical fiction too for that matter, which you'll already be familiar with if you've ever read any of Gregory's novels). If you don't enjoy facts being bended in such a way then, again, this really isn't the show for you.
If however you can get past this and are one of those people who can actually watch a show without believing everything you see, then I do recommend the series for it's captivating characters and political intrigue. It's full of mystery and suspense, love and sex, not to mention the tense familial relations that lead to national disaster time and time again. It even has the "who-done-it" aspect of a murder mystery--it's really all in here.
I just hope that if you are not familiar with the War of the Roses/The Cousins War, or the various theories associated with the Princes in the Tower, that you will research them after you've watched the series, and not just take Gregory's word as gospel. Honestly, it's a very interesting period of British history so go investigate and enjoy!!!