BBC ‘THE WHITE QUEEN’: Queen Katherine Parr Family Relations

The White Queen covers to promote the series by Philippa Gregory.

The White Queen covers to promote the series by Philippa Gregory.

The 3 cousins are coming to tv soon in the BBC Series “The White Queen”; which features Lady Anne Neville (daughter of Warwick, the Kingmaker and later Queen to Richard III), Elizabeth Woodville (mother of Elizabeth of York), and Lady Margaret Beaufort (mother of Henry VII Tudor). All three women were cousins to Katherine Parr. The series will air on STARZ in the US in August.

The White Queen

The White Queen

The White Queen Elizabeth Woodville.

The White Queen Elizabeth Woodville.

Based on the The Cousin’s War series of novels by Phillipa Gregory and developed for TV by Emma Frost, The White Queen is set in 1464, during the height of the War of the Roses, and tells the story of the women caught up in the ongoing conflict for the throne. The House of York’s young and devilishly handsome Edward IV is crowned King of England with the help of the master manipulator Lord Warwick “The Kingmaker.” But when Edward falls in love and secretly marries a beautiful young widow, the commoner Elizabeth Woodville, Warwick’s plan for control over the English throne comes crashing down around him. Frustrated by the new Queen’s influence he will stop at nothing to maintain his grip on the King. The ten-part drama series stars Max Irons, James Frain, Rebecca Ferguson, Janet McTeer, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay, Aneurin Bernard, David Oakes, Juliet Aubrey, Eleanor Tomlinson, Frances Tomelty, Michael Maloney, Ben Lamb, Hugh Mitchell, Simon Ginty, Eve Ponsenby and Robert Pugh. Company Pictures is producing with John Griffin, George Faber, Charles Pattinson, Eurydice Gysel and Polly Hill serving as executive producers. — (Patrick Munn)

Lord and Lady Warwick, Sir Richard Neville (James Frain) and Lady Anne Beauchamp (Juliet Aubrey). STARZ "The White Queen" (2013)

Lord and Lady Warwick, Sir Richard Neville, “Warwick, the Kingmaker” (James Frain) and Lady Anne Beauchamp, suo jure 16th Countess of Warwick (Juliet Aubrey). STARZ “The White Queen” (2013)

Lady Anne Neville, daughter of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick (“Warwick, the Kingmaker”) was a first cousin of Hon. Elizabeth FitzHugh, Lady Parr/Vaux [so she would have been Queen Katherine’s first cousin, twice removed].

Lady Isabel (Eleanor Tomlinson) and Lady Anne (Faye Marsay); daughters of Lord and Lady Warwick.

Lady Isabel (Eleanor Tomlinson) and Lady Anne (Faye Marsay); daughters of Lord and Lady Warwick.

Elizabeth and her mother, Lady Alice [sister of Warwick], were appointed personally by Queen Anne to be ladies when she became queen and participated in the coronation, receiving gifts from Richard III himself. They were close.[1]

Lady Margaret Beaufort portrayed by Amanda Hale.

Lady Margaret Beaufort portrayed by Amanda Hale.

Sir Thomas Parr’s father, William, 1st Baron Parr of Kendal, had once been Lady Margaret Beaufort’s revisionary heir to her substantial lands in Westmoreland, known as the “Richmond fee.” Lord Parr married to Hon. Elizabeth FitzHugh, daughter of Henry, 5th Baron FitzHugh and Lady Alice Neville (sister of Warwick). Lady Margaret Beaufort was a double second cousin to Elizabeth FitzHugh, Lady Parr [so she would have been a double second cousin, thrice removed of Katherine]. After the death of Lord Parr, his widow made a marriage with the Lancastrian family, the Vauxs’ of Harrowden. The Vaux family was close to Margaret, enjoying a long-term relationship with her. The previous Lady Vaux, mother of Thomas Parr’s step-father Nicholas, had been lady and friend to the Lancastrian queen Margaret of Anjou. Katherine, Lady Vaux served the queen during her exile. Nicholas Vaux (later 1st Baron Vaux) was a protege of Lady Margaret Beaufort. The young Thomas Parr [Katherine’s father and Margaret’s cousin] most likely studied under Maurice Westbury of Oxford who had been installed as a teacher by Lady Margaret Beaufort at her estate of Colyweston. It was at Colyweston that certain gentlemen, including the son of the Earl of Westmoreland [cousin of Sir Thomas], not only received an education but also gained political connections that would prove useful in their future careers.[1][2]

The "White Queen," Elizabeth Woodville.

The “White Queen,” Elizabeth Woodville.

Elizabeth Woodville was the niece of Queen Katherine’s maternal great-great-grandmother Joan Wydeville [Katherine would have been a first cousin, thrice removed of Queen Elizabeth by her mother, Maud Green]. Joan Wydeville married Sir William Haute/Hawte. Their daughter, Alice, married Sir John Fogge. The Haute family which Joan married into was quite prominent during the reign of Edward IV and Richard III. Fogge had originally been a supporter of the Lancastrian king, but in 1460 Fogge joined the Yorkist earls in Kent. It is obvious however that he was a Yorkist by the families which he married into; Alice Kyriel (daughter of Yorkist Sir Thomas) and Alice Haute c. 1465 who was a cousin of Queen Elizabeth. The previous year, Elizabeth Woodville had married Edward. Queen Elizabeth brought her favorite female relatives to court to serve her.[2] Lady Alice Fogge (Haute) would be one of five ladies-in-waiting to her cousin, queen consort Elizabeth Woodville during the 1460s.[2] The other ladies included her sister Lady Anne (wife of William Bourchier, Viscount Bourchier and George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent) and her sister-in-law Lady Elizabeth Scales (wife of Sir Anthony Woodville, 2nd Earl Rivers).[2]


The White Queen BBC one commercial – Directors cut from Jamie Childs on Vimeo.


STARZ ‘The White Queen’: Elizabeth Woodville

STARZ ‘The White Queen’: The Kingmaker’s Daughters

STARZ ‘The White Queen’: Lady Margaret Beaufort


  1. Linda Porter. “Katherine the Queen; The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr, the Last Wife of Henry VIII.” Macmillan, 2010.
  2. Barbara J. Harris. “English Aristocratic Women, 1450-1550 : Marriage and Family, Property and Careers: Marriage and Family, Property and Careers,” Oxford University Press, Jul 26, 2002. pg 218.



15 thoughts on “BBC ‘THE WHITE QUEEN’: Queen Katherine Parr Family Relations

  1. I recently found my husband (and now our children) are descended from Lady Elizabeth Parr/Faux, she is his 15th great grandmother! From her son William. Who knew people from Iowa can have royal English blood!

    • It’s wonderful how many people can claim descent from these people. However not many can prove it 100% so I don’t usually post these comments. Also, her second marriage was to Nicholas Vaux, not Faux. William Parr had four daughters so it would be interesting to see how your husband descends. Also if the info came from or any other self published tree it’s not a reputable source in my opinion.

      • Thanks for your response, I will be purchasing Douglas Richardson’s book soon to verify this is true! What I have found is through William’s daughter, Elizabeth (who married Nicholas Woodhull) that is where they are descended.

  2. Hi, I read comments about descendents of Anne Parr. It may be interesting to know that she has thousands of descendents in the USA. Anne Parr’s oldest son, Henry Herbert, had a daughter, Dorothy, by his wife Mary Sidney, Dorothy was born about 1585. She married a Sir Richard Devereaux Gilliam in about 1607. She died in about 1620 and Sir Richard and his 3 children, William Devereaux Gilliam, John Gilliam and Thomas Devereaux Gilliam, all emigrated to America on the ship “George”, arriving in Virginia on August 21, 1635. My mother was Anita Gilliam, a direct descendant of this line. There are still many Gilliams in Virginia and we have spread out all over the US. I am proud of this heritage, as my ancestors fought along side George Washington in the War of Independence and contributed greatly to this country. Hope this is of interest to someone out there! Sincerely, Karen Becker, Chicago, IL

  3. I didn’t really know what “The White Queen” was about. I just wanted to watch it because it looked like a historical show (History is a passion of mine and has been since I was about 8) I have been working on my family tree for the last few years (My Great Uncle wrote and published a book on the Stephenson side of my family, so that helped me fill in quite a few spaces) I happened upon Elizabeth Woodville one day. She is my 16th Great Grandmother. It makes this show on STARZ just a little bit more personal and interesting to me. You know……to see how your distant relatives may have lived and acted. The show is phenomenal! I love it!

    • Thanks for the comment Julie. Just remember that this show is HISTORICAL FICTION and from the viewpoint of Philippa Gregory. I would recommend reading some biographies and historical accounts on Elizabeth Woodville and the other women — and bi-pass “The Real White Queen” [show] by Philippa Gregory.

    • I’ve been on your page, it’s lovely. The books are worth reading I suppose so you understand where certain things come from. The series is extreme historical fiction.

    • It is quite amazing that no one realizes these connections either. “A nobody from nowhere?” Not so. At the time she was probably held in high regard for her relations, which probably gave Henry another reason to marry her. But because she had no children that survived — she and her family relations some how were forgotten. What is odd is that her brother was one of the most powerful men under Edward and Elizabeth but again had no issue, probably due to his first marriage. The only one to have children that lived and their descendants still living today is Katherine’s sister, Lady Anne who left a fine legacy leaving thousands! It was Anne’s ancestors and family ties that gave her husband’s family such a boost and a firm legitimacy. Her descendants include the Earl of Pembroke and the Earl of Carnarvon who owns Highclere aka “Downton Abbey.”

      • Anne Parr was my 12th Great Grandmother. Very proud of my heritage. There are probably many of us descending from this lovely Lady.

      • Oh. That’s interesting. Is your family from or still in England because her descendants were nobility that stayed in England. She had two sons that had issue and a daughter who had no issue.

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