Born into a family apparently destined to rule, Elizabeth Plantagenet's life is shaped by three kings.
Edward IV, her father, whose lechery leaves his family destitute.
Richard III, her uncle, whose kindness turns into something more as Elizabeth grows up.
Henry VII, her husband, whose motives for marriage are perhaps more political than passionate.
As the houses of Lancaster and York continue to vie for power, and with loyalties crumbling as quickly as new alliances are forged, Elizabeth finds herself a valuable pawn in a political game that she simply cannot control.
As the machinations of those around her cause havoc, Elizabeth finds herself thrown from royal luxury to utter penury, and can only watch as those she loves most are destroyed.
What can she, a penniless and vulnerable girl, do to save them - and herself?
For despite her royal background, her quick mind and good looks, Elizabeth seems to wield no power over her own - or her family's - destiny.
The answer seems to lie in a dynastic marriage to the new Tudor King, Henry VII.
But even though she goes into marriage with her eyes wide open, can Elizabeth ever hope to build the calm and stable life she craves?
As Henry's place is threatened by plotters and pretenders, Elizabeth must watch as battles rage, prisoners are taken and enemies executed.
In a life blessed with love but tainted by tragedy, can she protect her husband, her children and her wider family from the dangers that besiege them?
Elizabeth the Beloved is a heart-wrenching historical novel filled with the intrigue of the court and perils of kingship.
Maureen Peters was born in Caernarvon, North Wales. She was educated at grammar school and attended the University College of North Wales, Bangor, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree and a diploma of Education. She taught disabled children before taking up writing under her own name and many pseudonyms. Peters has produced many books and contributed short stories to many magazines and her writing normally focuses on royalty, the War of the Roses and the Tudor period. Apart from biographical fiction on royalty she also wrote Gothic romances, family sagas, Mills & Boon series titles, contemporary mysteries.
Used availability for Maureen Peters's Elizabeth the Beloved
October 1972 : USA Mass Market Paperback
July 1972 : UK Paperback