Catherine appears to be somewhat stupid (some historians would even say mildly retarded). She was taken advantage of from puberty onward. No one bothered trying to educate her well. Although she was barely literate (which many were not in her day), she had no proper training to be a noble's wife, much less a king's. She is portrayed with a certain childlike innocence which I find realistic: "If I can speak with the king, everything will be alright." There is a willingness to please, and to be liked/loved, in her character that bespeaks a childlike state of mind. This teenager evokes empathy 500 years after her death.
I thought this episode was extremely well crafted. There were many necessary points of view to present, and they were presented masterfully. I have watched it 3 times this week.
What I did not like about it: Catherine practicing with block while naked (this is both speculative and creepy); Catherine peeing her pants on the scaffold (she is depicted historically as being quite dignifed and serene at her execution - more so than she had ever been during her brief reign); Catherine being barefoot at her execution (highly unlikely); Catherine being executed AFTER Lady Rochford (this is historically inaccurate - Lady Rochford was of lesser rand and was beheaded after Catherine).
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