If you want to go back to the early days, when the English monarchy got super interesting, check out this historical drama trilogy based on the novels by The Other Boleyn Girl author Philippa Gregory. The first show, “The White Queen,” stars Rebecca Ferguson as Elizabeth Woodville, a young woman who marries King Edward IV at the height of the “Wars of the Roses,” in which two houses, York and Lancaster, are fighting for the throne. This struggle finally ends when Elizabeth’s daughter, Elizabeth Princess of York, marries Henry Tudor of the House of Lancaster, who then becomes Henry VII. Their marriage and new era is set out in The White Princess, in which Jodie Comer plays the titular princess and eventual queen.
The second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth was the famous Henry VIII, whose first wife was Catherine of Aragon, a princess of Spain. Charlotte Hope stars as “The Spanish Princess,” the young woman who is engaged to Henry’s older brother and eventually marries the second in line. These three shows all have compelling, strong yet flawed women in their lead roles, just like The Crown, and to see the story unfold across three eras and three series, each with recast characters with new actors, is quite similar to “The Crown”.