If Barnard enjoyed shooting the fight scenes, he also enjoyed working with the actress who played his love interest, Faye Marsay. Fans of the series (or of medieval history) might know that there is some controversy about their relationship–and we’re not talking about the fact that they were first cousins.
There’s often been speculation that Richard wooed and married Anne to control her fortune, but Philippa Gregory paints their relationship as a true, but doomed, romance.
“Personally I think that they were in love,” said Barnard. “I don’t think Richard was stupid, either. I think he knew there was a lot of power to come from that marriage, but there was a lot of power for her to come from that marriage, also. So they were equally balanced there,” he said. “And I think they both did have fanciable qualities for one another.”
As for Richard’s affair with Elizabeth of York, Barnard explained that “He’s a very loyal man until he feels like he’s losing [Anne].”