Whitehall (Season 1 Episode 4): “Wit in All Languages”
King Charles has decided to put his foot down and break Queen Catherine to make her a more obedient wife. Queen Catherine is devastated but vows to keep her true feelings to herself. She must sadly watch as her Portuguese entourage leaves. Words of wisdom are shared with the King about his actions; while they seem to fall on deaf ears, the King may be listening more than he is letting on. Meanwhile, Barbara waits – ready to take her place as a Lady of the Bedchamber for the queen. She even convinces Charles to hold a ball for the queen to brighten her spirits. However, Barbara hasn’t done anything that doesn’t benefit herself and it is doubtful she will start now. The ball begins and the King, along with his women, take their places. There is no doubt that it will be one to remember.
Episode 4 of Whitehall is a complete delight that will leave readers desperate for more. Despite King Charles being the central male character that many may believe drives the storyline, it is the women who are keeping this episode a page-turning success. Barbara is particularly interesting. We watch her weave her way into the kingdom, yet she shows little effort to change her self-centered ways. However, as England’s new queen, Catherine is proving to be more than what was originally expected. While she is a woman who is small in stature, she has shown that she can stand up for herself and is willing to evolve to become both a great queen and a beloved wife. What is so entertaining is that neither of these women are ready or willing to give up quite yet. Keep up with Whitehall by reading episodes one through four – available on Amazon.
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Liz Duffy Adams, Delia Sherman, Barbara Samuel, Madeleine E. Robins, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Sarah Smith
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