One of the great pleasures of writing Whitehall is simply the pleasure of traveling to England in my mind, wandering around smelling pies baking and exploring the deepest reaches of those old kitchens and admiring the pelicans in St. James Park.
Welcome to Whitehall, where the true history of Catherine of Braganza and her marriage to King Charles II of England is brought to life with all its sensual scandal and political intrigue. Venture back in time to a place where the games of royals affect the lives of all.
Presented in 13 episodes, Whitehall is written by Liz Duffy Adams, Delia Sherman, Barbara Samuel, Madeleine Robins, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Sarah Smith.
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It’s high time for a holiday when an unseasonably cold summer leaves spirits suppressed and Catherine in ill health.
One of my favorite books is Jane Eyre, and one of my favorite lines in it comes when Jane confronts Rochester, who has been playing merry hob with her emotions: "Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, that I am soulless and heartless?" The answer, of course, is absolutely not.
Even amidst the swirl of court intrigue, the residents of Whitehall keep their eyes on the prize–and the throne.
Meet Sarah Smith: winner of the Agatha and Massachusetts Book Awards, lover of "Mistress Masham's Repose," and citizen of Starbucks with the soul of a harpy eagle.
The best part of writing historical fiction is the happy accidents that always, always arise. At the start, the work of bringing the past alive begins with world-building—who was there and where did they live and how did they dress and what was on the table. In Whitehall, that world is the Restoration, and it’s a juicy era no matter what angle you examine it from.
A delegation from Muscovy sets Whitehall awhirl with ambassadors from the East and their exotic gifts. But while Catherine seeks solace in her faith, others find comfort in more recklessly carnal pleasures.
So here’s my terrible secret: I don’t watch much television. But when I had surgery last year, I was pretty much tied to the apartment and a little loopy on painkillers and I watched a lot of TV, mostly period mysteries because I like the clothes.
One of the tricky things about writing Catherine is that she’s not a native English speaker - and whether that broken language is considered charming or not relates directly to imperialism and who used to rule the world.
When it comes to the theater, sometimes the audience holds more drama than the stage.
Whitehall is almost back from hiatus and we are celebrating by sharing with you some exquisite illustrations done by the amazingly talented Kristin Kwan! Feast your eyes on these drawings of Catherine, Barbara, Charles and more.
All of our Serial Box serials have such dynamic casts that we thought it was high time we got to know some of them a bit more personally. To that end, we are very excited to kick off a new feature here on The Back of The Box: Meet the Character!