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This review is from: Granuaile (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.