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  • Grace O'Malley

  • The Pirate Queen of Ireland (Irish Heroes)
  • By: History Nerds
  • Narrated by: Ailish Jeffers
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Summary

The name Grace O'Malley stands forever as a sign and symbol that even in repressive times, no one can be held back from choosing their destiny. A Pirate, a wife, a mother, and a fearsome warrior, Grace carved her name in the annuls of history standing up to lords, ladies, and even Queen Elizabeth as she refused to bow the knee to someone she called "an equal". 

A strong woman in a day where men sought to ignore them, a Pirate who fought better than many men, and a fearsome warrior who is quoted in the middle of a battle as having shouted at her son, "Why are you hiding back there? Are you trying to climb back inside my womb?"

Can a woman have a career and a family? Grace did. Can a woman be a Pirate? Grace did. Can an Irishwoman come face to face with an English Queen, hold her own, smuggle a dagger into the meeting, and come out with an agreement? Grace did. 

Jump into this concise retelling of Grace, her husbands, sons, battles, and much more.

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Irish legends are the best

She was centuries ahead of her time and how brutal the occupation of Ireland was.

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  • Davidgonzalezsr
  • 21-04-21

Bazinga

I'd never heard of Grace O'Malley and the History Nerds did a great job of enlightening me. This book was well researched and provided a glimpse into her life. The narration by Ailish Jeffers fit perfectly. This was an easy and enjoyable listen. I will look for more works from the History Nerds as I fancy myself a bit of a History Nerd.

Disclaimer: My enjoyment of the narrator is based on my listening speed. I only leave 5 stars for books I've listened to or will listen to multiple times. I'll update my review if I listen again.

I requested this book from the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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  • James Armstrong
  • 23-04-21

Interesting

Grace O'Malley seems to be a long-lost true story about a woman Pirate from Ireland that caused England etc a lot of trouble. A great introduction, I'm going to go read up on Grace O'Malley a bit more now.

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  • PJ
  • 13-06-22

Grace meets Elizabeth

The story of the 'Pirate Queen' in the context of the written history of Ireland in the 16th Centuary makes it come alive.

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  • Anniken
  • 20-11-21

More an article than a story

This wasn't what I expected. Sure, I was aware it was a historical article, but I expected... More. Especially considering most of this "books" was about the general history of Ireland during Grace's life, and not her life. It's stated in the beginning that there isn't much info about her, as a product of the times, but I'm surprised the author treated Grace like the Brits, and not like the Irish. There was a great deal of difference in how the two cultured viewed their women.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-08-21

Spirit of the Pirate Queen

I honor the Pirate Queen of Ireland! Of Irish descent in my 70’s, I am hungry for Irish history, and so proud of my heritage. I have never fought for these Irish rights but am so proud of my spirit, zest for life, joy in simple things — and a fierce pride of being Irish! Thank you for this history of Grace O’Malley

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  • Violetjbp
  • 19-05-21

Good, but takes a while to get there

I have to admit the first 45 minutes were... well I sped it up to 1.8x to keep my attention. After that, when we finally got to Grace, then it got interesting. A strong female protagonist fiercely protective of her family but unafraid to get her hands dirty.

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  • Book Fanatic
  • 22-04-21

Interesting listen

I didn't know much about Grace O'Malloy except she lived in a very difficult period in Irish history. Yes, she does go to England to talk to Queen Elizabeth I. This a book packed with Irish history during Tudor England period 1500's. It doesn't take long to listen to it. It is interesting if you want to learn more.