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  • Vatican Secret Archives: 6 of the most intriguing documents in church history

    One hundred documents held in the Vatican’s Secret Archives are now on display in Rome for the first time. Read our list here of six standouts.

  • 13 best 2011 author interviews

    13 best 2011 author interviews

    A loose young woman in Nazi-era Berlin. A titanic failure of courage on the Titanic. A Supreme Court justice with a thing for hot blondes. An American president's scandalous love child.  Book authors answered questions about these earthy topics and many more – from sandwiches to Shakespeare – during Monitor interviews with me this year. Here's a baker's dozen of the memorable things that these authors had to say. Click on the links to read the full interviews.

  • 6 great books about British queens

    6 great books about British queens

    And here you thought your wedding was a bit on the stressful side. At least you're not Kate Middleton, whose every step – especially any misstep – will be broadcast live to the world. It won't get any easier if she ever becomes the consort of the king. On the bright side, she's marrying a handsome and energetic young man. Then again, Henry VIII's first queen did the exact same thing. As for the five that followed her, well, as the old rhyme puts it: "Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived." As she figures out her strategy to keep her position (and her man), "Waity Katie" might be wise to sit back and read these instructive books about Henry VIII's queens. This time around, let's hope only the lessons roll, with everyone's heads staying right where they belong.

  • Catherine of Aragon, One 'Quietly Fierce' Queen

    Chapter & Verse Catherine of Aragon, One 'Quietly Fierce' Queen

    In an immensely readable new biography of Catherine of Aragon, Giles Tremlett tells the story of the Spanish queen who changed the course of English history.

  • Broadway measures the mood and pulls out dark revivals

    Broadway measures the mood and pulls out dark revivals

    Fall theater opens with classics such as Chekhov's 'The Seagull' and Miller's 'All My Sons,' plus a little light relief in 'Billy Elliot' and 'Shrek.'