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Granuaile by Anne Chambers

Granuaile (1988)

by Anne Chambers

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This book was so poorly laid out I’m not sure what the heck happened in Granuaile’s life. She had kids, was a pirate, and met Elizabeth I (and hoodwinked her too). That’s what I got out of it. ( )
  kat_the_bookcat | Feb 7, 2019 |
Review: Ireland’s Pirate Queen by Anne Chambers. 11/22/2017

This was a non-fiction book written about Ireland’s history that wasn’t mentioned much because it was about the first woman pirate, Grace O’Malley back in the era when women were put on the back burner. There is not much information on Grace O’Malley and she was not respected even among Irish historians. It was interesting to read a subject of a strong female leader in a time when men were unwilling to admit women could lead. I enjoyed reading about the battle of the sexes with men and even some other women became jealous of the Queen pirate’s adventures and conquests.

I give Anne Chambers credit for having the courage to tell a story that many historians would not touch. I found out things I never knew about the Irish that captured my interest and was thought provoking. This book concentrates on the time span when Grace was alive in the late1500’s and very early 1600’s. Anne Chambers writes that for centuries the Island was governed by a primitive system of lords who apparently did a lot of battling amongst themselves. I was inspired by the author’s descriptions of the feuding contention and found it really fascinating.

Anne Chambers did a great job of using what real documentation exists and combining what is known about the lives of women in that era. Chambers definitely did her research finding reference to Grace O’Malley that still exists today. There are translations at the end of the book of epic poems and songs written about Grace O’Malley as well as documents she actually wrote Queen Elizabeth and which are kept in the royal archives.
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  Juan-banjo | Nov 29, 2017 |
The book was a bit disorganized. Reflects different grammar rules than what I usually see, not sure if that reflects mistakes or that Ireland uses different rules....

While this was about a pirate queen I have no idea if her galleys had cannon. How much if at all they used muskets and several other thing that could easily been included.

Overall this book felt more like a recitation of facts than relating the life story of an exciting individual. ( )
  Chris_El | Mar 19, 2015 |
Sometimes meandering but always fascinating tale of the historical Irish pirate Grace O'Malley. Largely written out of history by the Irish historians of her time for being a woman in a man's job, Chambers here goes a long way toward redeeming O'Malley's place in history. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
The life of Grace O'Malley c1530-1603 famous Irish pirate
  AdocentynLibrary | Oct 24, 2011 |
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Grace O'Malley or Granuale is a name associated with the west of Ireland and more particularly with the western coastline around Clew Bay.
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According to the ancient genealogies of Ireland, the O'Malley clan was descended from the eldest son of the High King of Ireland, Brian Orbsen, King of Connaught, who was killed at the Battle of Dam Chluain, near Tuam, circa A. D. 388.
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Over 400 Years ago Granuaile became a legend. As both Pirate Queen and Gaelic Chieftain, Granuaile or Grace O'Malley, challenged the accepted ideas of sixteenth century Ireland. She manipulated the turbulent political environment, ignoring cultural conventions, to become one of the most powerful leaders in the country. The Invading English also talked about this '...most famous feminine sea captain'. The meeting of the two Queens, Granuaile and Elizabeth I, ensured that the legend grew until Granuaile became celebrated as one of the most notorious Irishwomen in Elizabeth England. Using State Papers and manuscripts of the period, Anne Chambers reveals the woman behind the legend and the unique contribution Granuaile made to Irish history. This new edition coincides with the 400th anniversary of Granuaile's death.

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This is the true story of Grace O'Malley, or Granuaile, who ruled on land and sea in Connaught over 400 years ago. A Pirate Queen and Chieftain, she became a legend. We meet Grace as a young girl on Ireland's west coast. Her father is a strong chieftain and loves the sea. Despite her parents' objections, Grace becomes a better sailor than any of her father's crew and so the adventures of the Pirate Queen begin. We set sail on her galley to Spain where war with England affects Grace and Ireland. We meet her husbands, Donal of the Battles and Richard in Iron, and are on board ship for her son's birth and pirate attacks. After many escapades we sail to London for her famous meeting with Queen Elizabeth I. And we stay with her in her castle at Rock Fleet where she dies in 1603. This non-fiction account is a must for children who love Irish history! ? Similar to: Michael Collins: Most Wanted Man by Vincent McDonnell and Tom Crean: Ice Man by Michael Smith.

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