Whitehall (Season 1 Episode 9): “The Marriage of True Minds”
The weather is dismal, and all are waiting for the sun to return. Catherine is in poor health and continues to decline. Her wish to go to Tunbridge Wells for her health have been rejected by the Treasurer. Jenny, the maid with the heart of gold and soft spot for the queen, takes it upon herself to write her mother, a healer, for possible treatments for the queen, which she delivers to the Portuguese cooks, who are happy to try. What will work is the ultimate question. Barbara may have a soft spot afterall, as she watches the ailing queen and feels the growing child of the king in her belly. However, Barbara hasn’t stayed true to her changes of heart until now and if the past is an indicator she may still be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Not to be forgotten are also the other wolves hiding in plain sight ready to pounce. Charles continues to have a lust for all things female and continues his bedroom rounds. However, the final bedroom romp is the most rewarding of them all.
Much of Episode 9 shares the focus on two main topics. The first and most prominent is the ailing health of the Queen Catherine and her desire for a child with the king. A child who will hopefully be a boy and heir to the throne. Written with so much emotion, readers can’t help but feel Catherine’s pain and longing, as well as wish the same outcomes for her. On the other side of Episode 9 is the continued spying, self-serving, and mischievous antics of the members of the court, government, as well as the help. With a king who is currently ruled mostly by his lust, one must hope that he gets himself in order to rule before the gossips he shrugs off begin to cause trouble. We shall see as Whitehall continues in Episode 10.
Liz Duffy Adams, Delia Sherman, Barbara Samuel, Madeleine E. Robins, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Sarah Smith
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