Ireland's Pirate Queen: The True Story of Grace O'Malley, 1530-1603

Ireland s Pirate Queen The True Story of Grace O Malley She was married twice divorced once took a lover when she wanted and gave birth to one of her sons on the deck of her own ship She was Grace O Malley the sixteenth century Irish woman who provoked

  • Title: Ireland's Pirate Queen: The True Story of Grace O'Malley, 1530-1603
  • Author: Anne Chambers
  • ISBN: 9781567318586
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Hardcover
  • She was married twice, divorced once, took a lover when she wanted, and gave birth to one of her sons on the deck of her own ship She was Grace O Malley, the sixteenth century Irish woman who provoked awe, anger, admiration, and fear in the English men who, by persuasion and by the sword, came to conquer the land of her birth.

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      Anne Chambers is an Irish biographer, novelist and screenplay writer who lives and works in Dublin She is best known for her biography of the 16th century Irish Pirate Queen, Gr inne Grace O Malley.

    594 thoughts on “Ireland's Pirate Queen: The True Story of Grace O'Malley, 1530-1603”

    1. After I read Grania: She-King of the Irish Seas by Morgan Llywelyn, I wanted to learn more about Grania, and I ordered this little book from my favorite online used book site.This is not a long book but it is packed with information. About Grace O'Malley, the way of life in her day (she was born in 1530), society and politics during her life, and more. There is a chapter about her descendants, an appendix with songs that had been written about her, even the answers she gave to eigtheen "articles [...]


    2. 3.5 stars My copy had a ton of proofing errors. Also there is little factual info on her actual privateering. BUTis book is a treasure trove about Irish rebellion history in the sixteenth century. I didn’t know about any of this. I found it quite enlightening. Granted some is folklore-stories carried through the generations, but even so I learned about the clans and their efforts to crawl from underneath England’s claws. Ireland had no idea the smack down that was coming their way. Grace is [...]


    3. Short book and a relatively easy read. I say relatively because there is some Gaelic in it that can be hard to navigate if you're unfamiliar with the language (like myself). Overall, I wasn't wholly impressed. The author starts with setting the scene, which is fine, but she doesn't really get to the subject of her book until about the third chapter or so. One of the other things I noticed was the author's tendency to get ahead of herself - it was almost as if it was too difficult to stick to a l [...]


    4. If asked to name a strong female monarch during the 16th century you wouldn't be faulted for jumping to England's Queen Elizabeth. You might also throw in Queen Mary of Scots. But Ireland was also home to a strong-willed queen who, sadly, has mostly been relegated to folklore. Granuaile, or Grace O'Maley, was Queen of Umaill, chieftain of the O Maley clan, rebel, seafarer, and fearless leader, who challenged the turbulent politics of 16th century England and Ireland. While Irish legends have imm [...]


    5. This might be a good story but I'll probably never know because the book is so poorly edited I cannot read it. It's a second edition undertaken, as the author says in the forward, at a time when she's written more books and become a better writer. Possibly in her efforts to show us how much better of a writer she has become she changes words in a few places and then forget to change the other words in the same sentence to make it all hang together so the parts of speech don't match. The punctuat [...]


    6. First published in 1979, this book has had quite the impact from that time onwards and has been re-issued several times with new information on the topic. I happen to have read the 2009 edition, which is testament to the importance of the book, for it to be deemed worthy of re-issue and revision to this day. The subject is certainly a remarkable character within history, taking on a role that was not just traditionally, but exclusively masculine, and occupying that space without compromising her [...]


    7. This book is presented as a run-on of almost jumbled information, with several repetitive and redundant topical statements. It cries out for a publisher to force reformatting where clan controlled areas are presented alongside a historical map, with family trees of relations, and a singular timeline of historical events. As presented, the book contains a map on a sectional plate and I think it included a family chart also on a sectional plate. I'm requesting the presentation of individual sketch [...]


    8. I thought the book was going to be better than it was. I enjoyed the parts where I actually learned about Grace O'Malley but found myself getting lost in the different names she went by and the different people that were talked about in the book. I find Grace O'Malley to be a very interesting person and would like to learn more, perhaps with a different writing style I would have enjoyed it more.


    9. I am completely fascinated by this woman. I would have given the book four stars, except that biographies can sometimes be a little tedious. If you generally like biographies, this is a terrific one. It's got it all: love, sex, power, betrayal, morality, government, oppressed women, plunder, war, subterfuge and more. I hope to visit the area where Granuaile lived and throw myself into the fantasy of it all.


    10. I'm not a huge history book fan, but I do love historical fiction. So, for me to pick up this book was and interesting choice. It was completely a history of Grace O'malley, but it isn't often you find books about female pirates. It was interesting seeing how she lived back then and how others in the world reacted to her during her time.


    11. 3 stars for the mediocre writing (disorganized and put far too much emphasis on the last twenty pages while skimming through the more interesting parts), 5 stars for the pure badassery that was Grace O'Malley.




    12. Have you ever found a book about an obscure topic that you want to be good so you can learn more about said topic, but then when you read the book, it's awful? That's the case with this book. There are barely any books about Grace O'Malley, the famed pirate queen, which makes it even harder to branch out and find books that might provide better information.The book starts out setting the stage for Grace O'Malley's rise to fame, but then it barely talks about her. Instead, Chambers spends time ta [...]


    13. Review: Ireland’s Pirate Queen by Anne Chambers. 2.5★'s 11/22/2017This 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 coul [...]


    14. I'm getting so wishy-washy in my stars. This one probably deserves more, but I didn't really love reading it so I'm down-bumping it. Not through any fault of its own. It's a really really well-done biography. Biographies need genealogies and dates and so forth, it's what makes them sharp and concise and as accurate as possible, and that's why they're not fiction.Only I'm a fiction reader and get bored with all the accurate data.That being said, Grainne's story is bright and bold and way larger t [...]


    15. I feel misled by the synopsis of this book. I thought it would be more about this Irish Pirate Queen and stories about her life, but it was more a general story of what was occurring during the period she lived. And if you are not familiar with Irish slang, the areas, castles and history of the time don't pick up this book.


    16. Brilliantly written and covers not just the life of Grace O Malley but puts it into the context of the times she was living in. We get a good sense of the struggle between clans but also the struggle with the English and to try hold on to brehon laws and Gaelic ways in a time when these were being lost. Loved everything about the book and commend the author on her unimaginable amount of research


    17. Most useful for the transcriptions of the manuscripts relating to Grainne O'Malley; somewhat good for putting events in order, and well researched where specifics are concerned. Tends towards the romantic a little too strongly for a scholarly book but is far too dry to read for pleasure.


    18. Very well-researched and thorough with a lot of background and sideways information. It's easy to forget that Grace O'Malley was a real person in a real situation/environment and not just this figure of myth.


    19. Slow start-chapter three should have been the opening to the book. I enjoyed the overall story and am driven to find out more about Granuaile.



    20. Happy St Patrick’s DayBy Bob Gelms By the time you read this St. Patrick’s Day will have been in your past or maybe in your near future. In any case I hope you have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. To celebrate this great holiday I have a pirate story to tell you. The Irish are noted for their bigger than life personalities and this pirate is one of the biggest. Grainne Ni Mhaille was the Chieftain of the Ni Mhaille clan and one of the most famous persons of the day both in Eire and in England. [...]


    21. Saw this book on the bargain table at an airport bookstore and had to pick it up. I have been fascinated by Grace O’Malley ever since I first heard of her several years ago. At the time, I did a bit of research and found that there weren’t very many books about her, and the ones that did exist did not get very good reviews. This book was such a mixed bag that it is hard to know how to rate it, so I am going with a middle-of-the-road three stars (out of five). The good: The book is chock full [...]


    22. I expected to learn more about Grace O'Malley than I already knew when I picked up this book, but in reality Anne Chambers actually wrote very little about her. While reviewing this book, I have to keep in mind that Chambers had so little to work with when it came to digging up information on Grace O'Malley. The first 70 pages or so were mostly background information about the time period -- how Irish politics worked, the relationship between Ireland and England and Spain, the treatment of women [...]


    23. Nonfiction reading for March was Granuaile Grace O'Malley - Ireland s Pirate Queen by Anne Chambers, a biography of Grace O’Malley aka Granuaile aka fifty million variant spellings. Going into this I mostly knew that Grace O’Malley was a sixteenth century Irish pirate queen who had met with Queen Elizabeth and is supposedly buried on Clare Island, which I take as a message from the universe that I need to go visit at some point.This is a slim book, largely because not very much is known abou [...]


    24. "Ireland's Pirate Queen" is the biography of Grany O'Malley, aka Granuaile. Granuaile lived in 16th century Ireland and came to prominence within the seafaring O'Malley clan; in fact, after the death of her first husband, she essentially led her clan, which was incredibly unique for the time period. Granuaile's life is incredibly fascinating for so many reasons - in addition to usurping typical gender roles, she was a contemporary of Queen Elizabeth (and actually met with her in the late 16th ce [...]


    25. nwhytevejournal/1799690A fascinating account of a shadowy historical figure of varying spellings, an exact contemporary of Elizabeth I, who appears to have used her own resources to prey on shipping along the Atlantic seaboard of Ireland; it's difficult to be sure what is fact and what is fiction - did she really give birth on board one of her own ships, and then a few hours later struggle to the deck to take pot-shots at Algerian raiders? did she really kidnap the son of the Earl of Howth in re [...]


    26. The first non-fiction book I read in a year that has me finishing a surprising number of them, Ireland's Pirate Queen: The True Story of Grace O'Malley, 1530-1603 is about, well, Ireland’s Pirate Queen. Born around 1530 in what is now Connacht, Ireland, Granuaile Ó Máille was a surprising woman in her time. During difficult times for Irish and facing familial persecution from the English, Grace O’Malley took control of her own life and managed to keep it. Not only did she marry twice, divo [...]


    27. Someone I learn about on my recent trip to Ireland - Grace O'Malley, Ireland's real Pirate Queen!about half way through her biography, very well written by Anne Chambers and am loving it. Here's some great tidbits to hook you in too!In 1582 (at the age of 32), Granuaiile was in battle over the Kinturk castle. Her teenage son (in battle training) hid behind her for safety. She upbraided him by saying "An ag iaraidh dul i bholach ar mo thóin atá tú, an áit a dtháinig as?" (Are you trying to h [...]


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