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The Best Episodes of The White Queen

Every episode of The White Queen ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The White Queen!

Set against the backdrop of the Wars of the Roses, the series is the story of the women caught up in the protracted conflict for the throne of England.

Genre:Drama
Network:BBC One

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The best episode of "The White Queen" is "War At First Hand", rated 7.8/10 from 519 user votes. It was directed by Jamie Payne and written by Malcolm Campbell. "War At First Hand" aired on 7/14/2013 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Long Live The King".

  • War At First Hand
    7.8/10 519 votes

    #1 - War At First Hand

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2013-07-14

    Lancaster is restored to the throne, with Warwick in control. But rumours that Edward is returning with an army unsettle the court. Anne and Margaret of Anjou sail from France, uncertain they will reach Warwick in time to win. Divided families face each other across the battlefield. Can Elizabeth's witchcraft save her husband, or will Warwick triumph? As many fall in the battle, everyone's fortunes change forever.

    Director: Jamie Payne

    Writer: Malcolm Campbell

  • Long Live The King
    7.8/10 480 votes

    #2 - Long Live The King

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2013-08-04

    After years of peace an untimely death once again engulfs Elizabeth in a fight for the throne. Trapped in sanctuary and threatened by those closest to her, Elizabeth is forced into an alliance with Margaret Beaufort. Suspicion and doubt poison the court, turning friends into enemies and family into murderers.

    Director: Colin Teague

    Writer: Malcolm Campbell

  • The Storm
    7.7/10 551 votes

    #3 - The Storm

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2013-06-30

    Desperate to further her son's claim to the throne, Margaret Beaufort joins Warwick's rebellion against Edward. The rebellion fails and the traitors must run for their lives. Jasper Tudor escapes into exile, while Warwick and George sail for France. Elizabeth and Jacquetta turn to witchcraft to stop them, but it is Isabel who is punished.

    Director: James Kent

    Writer: Emma Frost

  • Poison and Malmsey Wine
    7.7/10 481 votes

    #4 - Poison and Malmsey Wine

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2013-07-28

    George's anger at losing the Warwick inheritance and his failure to capture the crown resurfaces, with horrific consequences. As the court divides, George openly accuses Elizabeth of witchcraft and Edward of murder. This is treason, and Edward must condemn his own brother to death. Elizabeth finally has revenge on those who killed her father, but it does not bring her comfort.

    Director: Colin Teague

    Writer: Emma Frost

  • The Final Battle
    7.7/10 454 votes

    #5 - The Final Battle

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2013-08-18

    Princess Elizabeth's engagement to Henry Tudor threatens to divide court loyalties. Richard knows he can no longer avoid the battle which will decide his fate as king. Margaret does not know whose side her husband will support, and fears for her son. As the final battle for the crown draws near, Elizabeth continues to plot to put her daughter on the throne whatever the outcome.

    Director: Colin Teague

    Writer: Emma Frost

  • The Price of Power
    7.6/10 603 votes

    #6 - The Price of Power

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2013-06-23

    After Elizabeth's coronation, an extravagant display designed to silence critics of their marriage, Edward needs a son to secure his reign. But tensions at court escalate into outright war and Edward must fight those closest to him to retain his crown. Elizabeth faces devastating loss as the full force of Warwick's hatred is revealed.

    Director: James Kent

    Writer: Emma Frost

  • The Bad Queen
    7.6/10 536 votes

    #7 - The Bad Queen

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2013-07-07

    Exiled in France, Warwick still plots to control the crown. His youngest daughter Anne is used to make an unexpected alliance, giving him command of a huge army. When Warwick lands in England, Edward must decide whether to fight or run. Terrified, Elizabeth escapes to sanctuary, not knowing if her husband is alive or dead. She gives birth to a longed-for son, but is in fear for her life as Warwick enters London.

    Director: Jamie Payne

    Writer: Lisa McGee

  • Love and Death
    7.6/10 491 votes

    #8 - Love and Death

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2013-07-21

    The crown is secure, but there is no peace at court. Elizabeth suffers more emotional turmoil as she loses those closest to her. Margaret Beaufort plans a political marriage to bring Henry home from exile - but has she met her match in Lord Stanley? Anne's marriage made her a traitor, so she is handed into George's care. His motives for keeping her away from court are questioned by Richard, who fears for Anne's safety.

    Director: Jamie Payne

    Writer: Nicole Taylor

  • The Princes in the Tower
    7.6/10 428 votes

    #9 - The Princes in the Tower

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2013-08-11

    The future of the princes in the Tower is in Richard's hands: they are a threat to his reign but also to Margaret's hopes of seeing her son Henry Tudor on the throne. As Margaret plots the boys' removal, Anne is tormented by fears she has unwittingly sealed the princes' fate. Elizabeth, in sanctuary, is horrified to realise she has made a pact with her enemies and turns to witchcraft to punish the guilty.

    Director: Colin Teague

    Writer: Emma Frost

  • In Love With The King
    7.4/10 807 votes

    #10 - In Love With The King

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2013-06-16

    After meeting beautiful widow Elizabeth Woodville, young King Edward IV must choose between love and loyalty. Will a country divided by war and a court divided by jealousy be destroyed by a woman many consider a witch?

    Director: James Kent

    Writer: Emma Frost