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  • 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.

  • 10 top royal love stories

    10 top royal love stories

    Our fascination with the romance between Prince William and Kate Middleton is nothing new. The world has always loved a royal love story and a stack of books from over the ages proves that to be true. Here are 10 of the most interesting.

  • Reader recommendation: Good to a Fault

    Reader recommendation: Good to a Fault

    Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

  • Shakespeare quiz: Can you match the quote to the play?

    Shakespeare quiz: Can you match the quote to the play?

    Although we don't actually know Shakespeare's birthday, it is officially celebrated on April 23. This year, to mark his 447th, are you willing to test your knowledge of the Bard? See how many of these familiar Shakespearean lines you can match to the plays in which they appear.

  • A book that brought God closer

    A book that brought God closer

    As The King James translation of the Bible marks its 400th anniversary, its deep influence and prominence are slipping.

  • 'The Kennedys' miniseries: Where JFK meets Michael Jackson

    'The Kennedys' miniseries: Where JFK meets Michael Jackson

    Two big new miniseries, 'The Kennedys' and 'The Borgias,' take on historical figures. But in the end, their story lines might tell us more about the present day than they do about history.

  • In Pictures Subway stories

    People have strong feelings about eating on the subway, as shown by the recent 'subway spaghetti' incident that spawned a fight on an underground train in New York. Here, a man wolfs down some Chinese food on a New York subway train in 1997.

  • Ides of March: What's an ide anyway? The whole sooth.

    Ides of March: What's an ide anyway? The whole sooth.

    Ides of March: What exactly is an ide anyway? An what does it have to do with Julius Caesar?

  • Ides of March: what to read on March 15

    Ides of March: what to read on March 15

    Each year when March 15 rolls around, many of us grope mentally backward to 9th-grade English class and do our best to remember who exactly who it was that warned Julius Caesar to "Beware the ides of March" and why. But in the years since Shakespeare first coined the phrase in 1599 the fatal date has become well ensconced in literature. To bring yourself up to speed on "ides" literature, here's a beginner's list.

  • Walter Rodgers Russians shouldn’t bury Lenin until they uncover his lies

    Russians must face up to Lenin’s brutal legacy – as Germans did Hitler’s.