The Pirate Queen: In Search of Grace O'Malley and Other Legendary Women of the Sea

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Basic Books, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 355 pages
The Pirate Queen begins in Ireland with the notorious Grace O'Malley, a scourge to the most powerful fleets of sixteenth-century Europe. This Irish clan chieftain and pirate queen was a contemporary of Elizabeth I, and a figure whose life is the stuff of myth. Regularly raiding English ships caught off Ireland's west coast, O'Malley purportedly fought off fierce Algerian pirates just hours after giving birth to her son. She commanded two hundred men (and a couple of husbands), and acquired lands and castles that still dot the Irish coastline today. But O'Malley was not alone, especially in the waters of the North Atlantic where author Barbara Sjoholm traveled through coastal communities and seafaring ports to collect these little-known stories. Since ancient times, women have rowed and sailed, commanded and fished, built boats and owned fleets. Yet their incredible contributions have been nearly erased from the history books, as have the myths of seal women, Finn wives, and storm witches. In The Pirate Queen, Sjoholm brings some of these extraordinary stories back to life, taking the reader on an unforgettable journey in this meticulously researched, colorfully written, and truly original work. Illustrations and maps add to these intriguing swashbuckling tales
 

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User Review  - PetreaBurchard - LibraryThing

The back-cover blurbs give the impression that this will be a book about notorious females who plied the high seas. It's actually the author's rather dull memoir, so I felt cheated. Petrea Burchard Camelot & Vine Read full review

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User Review  - empress8411 - LibraryThing

Sjoholm takes the reader on her trip across Ireland and into the north, searching for the infamous female pirates that once roamed the high seas. A combination travel log, memoir and history book ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER I
3
Clew Bay Ireland
21
CHAPTER IV
57
Stronsay the Orkney Islands
76
Stromness the Orkney Islands
92
From the Orkney Islands to the Shetland Islands
113
CHAPTER vill
127
CHAPTER IX
141
The Faroe Islands
157
From the Faroe Islands to Iceland
175
CH APTER XIII
212
CHAPTER xiv
227
CHAPTER XVI
272
Drag Norway
285
EPILOGUE
325
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