Title: Wit in All Languages
Author: Madeleine E. Robins
Series: Whitehall ~ Season One, Episode IV
Publication: June 8th 2016 by Serial Box Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Review copy received in exchange for an honest review.
Fortune favors the bold in the fourth installment of Whitehall, an episodic royal tale full of true history and sensual intrigue, new from Serial Box Publishing.
Stars rise and fall and tides turn when a royal ball causes quite the stir in more ways than one. Charles makes a dramatic move in his war of wills with Catherine – but the battle’s true victor remains to be seen.
This episode is brought to you by Madeline Robbins, who knows how to make an entrance and a stand.
“Wit in All Languages” continues the 13-part serial, Whitehall, presented by Serial Box. Intrigue, romance, and scandal fill the palace halls in this historical tale, collaboratively written by Liz Duffy Adams, Delia Sherman, Barbara Samuel, Madeleine Robins, Sarah Smith, and Mary Robinette Kowal.
Wit in All Languages is my favorite part so far. The others were also great, obviously, but for some reason I enjoyed this one just a little more.
At the start of this story the king and queen are still at odds with each other because Catherine still doesn’t give in to letting the king’s mistress, Barbara, be a part of her inner circle. Because of that Charles sends away a big part of the queen’s Portuguese retinue.
My favorite part in this part though was the masquerade ball. I’m a sucker for masquerades. And I loved how although Barbara dressed as the moon, to go with king Charles as the sun, that queen Catherine still came out shining after all. It was one hell of an entrance.
Wit in All Languages was such a quick read, mostly because I enjoyed it so much so you gotta savor as much of it as you can. Excellent writing combined with the intrigue of this story made it really my favorite so far.
Writing gives Madeleine Robins the chance to focus on many of her ruling passions: cities, history, swordplay, the history of disease, and the future of mankind–with a side order of historical costuming and infrastructure (urban plumbing is far more interesting than you’d think).
Born in New York City, the Author has been, in no particular order, a nanny, a teacher, an actor and stage-combatant, an administrator, a comic book editor, a baker, typist-clerk for Thos. Cook’s Houses of Parliament office, a repairer-of-hurt-books, an editorial consultant, and a writer. She holds a degree in Theatre Studies from Connecticut College, and attended the Clarion Science Fiction Workshop in 1981. She is a founding member of the BookViewCafe, where her first five books — all Regency romances — are available for sale.
A lifelong and passionate fan of cities and all things urban, Madeleine lives in San Francisco with her family, dog, and one hegemonic lemon tree.