Pirate Queen: Grace O’Malley of Connacht

The Last Irish Warrior Queen

Queens ruled the British Isles in the 16th century, including Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, and Gráinne Ní Mháille, known as Grace O’Malley, the famed “pirate queen” of Connacht.

Fierce and ambitious, Gráinne was born into the family of the great seafaring O’Malley chieftains of Clew Bay. As the brutal Tudor conquest of Ireland tried to crush the Gaelic Irish, the Warrior Queen used cunning, charm, diplomacy, warfare, and piracy to protect her people and expand her family’s territory. With a ring of castles and a fleet of galleys, she built her own army and formidable shipping empire, traded with Spain and France, and menaced English shipping. In a face-to-face meeting with Queen Elizabeth, she refused to bow.

In the 20th century, her legendary independence helped kindle the battle for an Irish nation.

From the Highlands of Scotland to the Beara peninsula in Ireland, this paints the picture of the behind-the-scenes from my favorite romantic novels, putting them context and giving me new perspectives. I loved the way it was told–so conversationally I felt like the author had taken me by the hand and was just telling me a really interesting and personal story.

— Etc Books


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Available May 30, 2018 in paperback and ebook.


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ISBN 978-1-946773-18-0 (trade paperback)
ISBN 978-1-946773-15-9 (eBook)

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