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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd (1 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0717145824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0717145829
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Biographer, novelist and screenplay writer, Anne Chambers' most recent books include Ranji: Maharajah of Connemara; At Arm's Length - Aristocrats in the Republic of Ireland; Granuaile: Sea Queen of Ireland (for children); Finding Tom Cruise and Other Stories; Shadow Lord: Theobald Bourke - Son of the Pirate Queen.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Póló on 22 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
Of course I'd heard of Granuaile, the Pirate Queen, but only in an incidental sort of way. Now I find out that her story is more exciting, and more relavant, than "Treasure Island" which I had read at a very young and impressionable age. I had even been allowed off school to see the film. After all, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote literature, did he not?

Anne Chambers has now set me straight. Granuaile was a formidable, fascinating, and challenging woman and was consequently written out of official (male) Irish history. An inconvenient truth with no place in the school curriculum of the Christian Brothers who taught me. Had they realised the fullness of this warrior queen, she might have figured in more than just the curriculum.

Anne has spent years of patient and thorough research bringing this remarkable woman to life. Much of the material has been winkled out of official English records. Granuaile's frequent appearance in the records of the oppressor is a testimony to her importance, and effectiveness, in her long fight, on land and on sea, to hold on to her Irish heritage. She lived through a period when the old Gaelic culture and laws were being systematically eradicated in favour of those of the invader.

The book is a revelation and a great read. I am heartened to learn that since my day Granuaile is now on the curriculum and well on the way to claiming her rightful place in Irish history. And this is no small thanks to Anne Chambers, bless her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MRS J on 11 July 2013
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A woman and a half!! Born in the time of Elizabeth the first (who it is claimed she met
)At a time when most women stayed around the hearth this daughter of an Irish seafaring family put fear into the hearts of
marauding seamen around the coast of Ireland. Fascinating read well researched.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By niloc notrut on 10 Sept. 2010
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In Anne Chambers' descriptions of Granuaile I detect a person of great charisma, skill, intelligence, fortitude, a rebel, a politician, a manipulator, a worthy leader, a protector ... and a great woman ... a heroine indeed!

This is near-secret history to English readers, and the author negotiates the archives with considerable expertise.

Shaun Davey's outstanding musical suite `Granuaile' led me to want to know more about this pirate queen. Granuaile

I visited County Mayo. I bought Anne Chambers' book.

The text, perhaps understandably, is almost feminist in flavour, but I have no difficulty with that.

Be warned: Ms. Chambers' book is readable, but it is NOT a novel.
It is primarily a well-researched academic text, worthy of a professorial chair for the author!

Read it!
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This valuable study based on primary as well as secondary sources is a highly readable ans estimable contribution on that rare phenomenon - a female warrior clan leader - based in Donegal and Galway during the last years of Elizabeth 1. It must be unique because no other females of this ilk have surfaced in the British Isles in this century.
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