Elizabeth I

Margaret George's capacious historical novel offers a portrait of the Elizabethan Age in duelling voices—one belonging to Queen Bess herself and the other to her lookalike cousin and enemy, Lettice Knollys. There's room enough for political machinations, palace intrigues, romantic passion—and Shakespeare, too.

July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.