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Pirate Queen

In a life stranger than any fiction, Grace OMalley, daughter of a clan chief in County Mayo, went from marriage at fifteen to piracy on the high seas. She had a fleet of galleys under her command (four of them Scots). In 1559 her husband was killed in an ambush and not long after she took as a lover a survivor of a shipwreck. Clansmen came over from Scotland and murdered him. She tracked them down and had them killed, and from then on there follow episodes of plunder, kidnapping, piracy and general mayhem. In 1586 she was captured by the Earl of Ormond and was actually on the scaffold with a rope around her neck when she was saved on the orders of Queen Elizabeth. Elizabeth offered to make her a countess. Grace refused, but was officially allowed to be a privateer thereafter. She may also have been an intelligencer for Elizabeth's spymaster, Walsingham, thus able to warn the Queen of the Essex plot. Elizabeth died in 1603, by which time Grace had entered a nunnery.
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Table of Contents

Illustrations vi Map vii Acknowledgements viii Introduction ix 1. Momentous and Dangerous Times 2. The 'Crop-Haired Girl' 3. Bride to the Ferocious O'Flaherties 4. Revenge and Piracy 5. The Pirate Queen 6. 'Iron Richard' 7. Captured! 8. Grace of the Gamblers 9. '... She Thinks Herself No Small Lady ...' 10. Drawing in the Scots - the Shadow of the Gallows 107 11. The Spanish Armada 12. Rebellion 13. Talking to the Queen 14. The O'Neill - War in Ulster 15. Endgame - The Flight of the Wild Geese Appendix One. Queen Elizabeth's Representatives in Ireland Appendix Two. The Eighteen Articles of Interrogation and the Responses Bibliography Index Illustrations 1. Rockfleet Castle 2. Irish warriors and peasants, by DuÌ rer 3. English soldiers 4. A Gaelic chieftain 5. The MacSweeney chieftain feasting 6. Grace O'Malley's castle on Clare Island

About the Author

Judith Cook is well known as a crime writer and investigative journalist. Born in Manchester, she now lives in Cornwall.

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