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The Pirate Queen

By Susanna Duffy

The story of Gráinne Ni Mháille or Grace O’Malley is a most wild adventure, a spine-tingling story of plunder, piracy, kidnapping, brutality, betrayal, and one of formidable courage. Grania of Ireland was one of the most remarkable women who ever lived. The O’Malleys, once hereditary lords of Umhall, have been known as sailors since the 12th century but their fierce daughter, a trade commander and pirate on the seas for fifty years, was ignored for four hundred years.

Grania lived alongside the strategies of the House of Tudor to reconquer Ireland. When she made her first marriage into the powerful O’Flaherty clan of West Connacht, Henry VIII was pressuring prominent Irish chieftains to acknowledge his sovereignity.

Read the original article at: Bella Online

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