A new trailer for Starz’s limited series The White Princess promises plenty of sex, betrayal and beheadings in 15th Century England. OK, no beheadings, but its medieval England so there must be.

“The White Princess” premieres at 9/8c April 16 on the cable network. The eight-episode drama continues the story from the Golden Globe and Emmy award-nominated “The White Queen.”  

“The White Princess” picks up three days after the conclusion of “The White Queen,” at the end of one of England’s most politically turbulent times—The War of the Roses. “The White Princess” unfolds from the perspective of three women—Princess Elizabeth, Lady Margaret Beaufort and Dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville. Despite the end of the War of the Roses, the trio wage an ongoing battle for the English throne.

As the story begins, the House of Tudor—led by Henry Tudor, has defeated King Richard III and the House of York at the Battle of Bosworth.  Now King Henry VII, he marries Princess Elizabeth of York, Richard III’s former lover, ostensibly uniting England. But for how long?

The personal and political rift between Lizzie and King Henry runs deep, threatening to tear the kingdom apart again. Rumors circulate that Lizzie’s long-lost brother Prince Richard is alive and planning to take the throne—forcing Lizzie into an impossible choice between her new Tudor husband and the boy who could be her own blood and the rightful York King.

In the trailer, Henry’s mother Lady Margaret Beaufort gives Lizzie a motto that doesn’t sit well with the new queen.

“ ‘Humble and penitent’ be damned,” she defiantly says. “ ‘Hidden and patient,’ that will be my motto.”

Jodie Comer stars as Lizzie and Michelle Fairley plays Lady Margaret Beaufort. Essie Davis stars as Lizzie’s mother, Dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville.  Jacob Collins-Levy plays King Henry VII.

“The White Princess” is adapted from Philippa Gregory’s novel, which is part of The Cousins’ War book series. “The White Queen” showrunner and writer Emma Frost returns for the new production as executive producer. Director Jamie Payne also serves as executive producer. Lachlan MacKinnon is a producer. Playground’s Colin Callender and Scott Huff also serve as executive producers along with Company Pictures’ Michele Buck.

“The White Princess” filmed on location in Bristol in Britain.

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