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Was Elizabeth Woodville really such a White Queen?

A beautiful, ambitious, clever and successful woman who started wars and made kingdoms should really be a little bit more famous than Elizabeth Woodville.

She hits the headlines again this week as the BBC brings her story to the small screen from 16th June in its lavish version of Philippa Gregory's bestseller, #TheWhiteQueen.

But this 2009 epic novel is one of just a handful based on the life of a woman whose story has the lot - murder, mystery, jealousy, intrigue and buckets of sex.  The fact that Elizabeth is so neglected by history and novelists alike is testament to the power of Tudor propaganda.  You either loved Elizabeth or you hated her, a proper marmite queen.

England's first Queen Elizabeth may have been integral to the Tudor success story - she was the mother of Henry VII's consort and grandmother of Henry VIII - but her determination won her enough enemies to make her an uncomfortable reminder of the bloody War of the Roses that had given birth to the new roy…