Yes, the new Starz series, THE WHITE QUEEN is complicated. A review in the Washington Post complained about the problems of keeping the many characters straight:
“It’s tempting to scour for historical inaccuracies and scribble down notes to keep track of the tangled English lineage. (So he’s talking about Richard, Edward’s brother, not Richard, Elizabeth’s son. Why are there so many Margarets?)”
Admittedly, I have asked the same questions in researching my historical trilogy, THE NARBONNE INHERITANCE. Twelfth-century nobility had a penchant for giving everyone the same names. Yet, if one is to remain faithful to the historical historical record, writers and readers have to work a bit.
Fortunately there is help for the recent medieval series. If you are having trouble unscrambling the feuding families, I recommend a YouTube program, “The Real White Queen.” Philippa Gregory, the author of THE WHITE QUEEN, hosts two BBC program on the actual history of the main female protagonists in the series. As a bonus, she visits lots of actual locations where the story takes place. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqtYzrb3vZQ