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Elizabeth the Beloved

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  155 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
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Published October 12th 1972 by Ballantine Books
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May 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As an avid historical fiction reader, I've read a lot of books about various members of the Tudor dynasty. Surprisingly, though, there don't seem to be many books about Elizabeth of York. So I was pleasantly surprised to start reading this and realize it was not about Elizabeth I (yes, I didn't read what it was actually about before picking it up...cause it's about the I'm gonna read it). This book is actually about the life of Elizabeth of York, mother of Henry VIII, from practical ...more
Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I hate to admit it, but the cover caught my eye and then the description reeled me in. Having read a ton of Tudor fiction, I don't think there can be a more tragic story than that of Elizabeth, Princess of York. Maureen Peters captures this very well as she unfolds the events of Elizabeth's life from her childhood to her death. I especially liked the interactions between Elizabeth and her siblings as they tended to reveal just how precarious her position as Queen really was.

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Deborah Fudge
Easy reading

A reasonable novel. I enjoyed the style which was easy to read but the story lacked depth. I didn't learn anything new about the characters or particularly feel I cared about them. However pleasant enough for a wet afternoon!
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I agree with the interpretations (being basically a Richardian at heart) but this was a very dull, surface-level and unengaging portrait of Elizabeth of York.
Annemarie Macken
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
A well- written novel, covering a range of different and important historical events, whilst basing itself on the life of Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV, wife of Henry VII and mother of Henry VIII. There are some lovely examples of language and description, and the story is engaging in its entirety, considering the life of Elizabeth through different reigns, all of which had their impact on her. There are some questionable ideas about history and the reader will find themselves doubtin ...more
I love a good historical novel so was happy to receive a free copy of this book to review and give my honest opinion. We are all familiar with the story of Edward, Richard and the Tudors but this novel takes the view from the Yorkist Princess, Elizabeth. The reader is transported back to the days of Edward's reign and untimely death. The imprisionment of the princes in the Tower and Richard's alleged involvement in their deaths, and the snatching of the Crown by the Tudors. There is much debate ...more
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley.

I've read a lot of historical fiction and this was my first novel about Henry VIII's mother, Elizabeth. The title of this book is Elizabeth the Beloved, which would lead one to believe that she would be the focus of the story, but I felt that there were significant parts of the book that really had nothing to do with her directly. The political struggles of the time were appropriately incorporated, but I had a real
Patricia Bishop
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Much has been written about Elizabeth of York, I am quite fascinated by her and love this period in history.

In this book she' is interesting, clever and coy and a wonderful mother in law to the Spanish Princess Katherine of Aragon. Sister of the Princes in the Tower, daughter of Elizabeth Woodville, she went on to be the mother of Henry V111 and grand mother of Elizabeth 1.

She was close to her uncle Richard 111 ( the King in the car park in Leicester) rumored to have hope to marry him when Anne
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I love reading about Elizabeth of York. I love reading about her character, her strength, her survival skills, her spunk and her kindness. And while I know that it is somewhat controversial, I tend to side with the reports that state that Elizabeth of York and her husband, Henry VII were in love with each other. The author of this book portrays their marriage as loveless, but also portrays Elizabeth as a tad joyless...or even just lacking personality; almost mousy. While it's definitely a good r ...more
This was a good book, but it just didn't keep my attention well. Elizabeth is such an interesting historical figure to me. She was a daughter of York turned Tudor queen. I think the book was nice in trying to tell her story but I felt sometimes it got off into politics or other areas that kind of dragged the story down.

**I received a copy from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a review**
Margaret Sankey
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm really surprised I hadn't encountered this very Ricardian, old-school historical novel about Elizabeth of York when I was in my Richard III phase. This is an ebook reissue, centered on Elizabeth, but with the usual addition of partisan servant POV characters and a romantic bond between uncle and niece in the face of those heartless, skinflint Tudors.
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Altough I love historical fiction I didnt enjoy this like I expected. This book is about the first Tudor queen Elizabeth of York who married Henry VII after he killed in the battlefield the last plantagenet king.
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Jul 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Always love a great historical novel...based on some historical facts but the author really adds a lot of her own beliefs. Good story to learn about that time period...kept me entertained!
Apr 09, 2008 added it
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