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Grace O'Malley commanded a dozen ships and the obedience of thousands of men. Her empire stretched from Connaught on the Irish coast to the cobalt aters of Africa. Through the daring of her piracy, Grace nearly bankrupted the English treasury-and her outright defiance brought embarrassment to Elizabeth I. Yet the lives of these two amazing women were inextricably intertwined-and their eventual meeting during the most brilliant and romantic era that Europe has ever known would shock the…

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Women of the Sea: Female Pirates to the 1700s

Badass of the century: Grace O'Malley, Queen of Pirates, meets Elizabeth I, Queen of England || The story of an Irish girl that was never conquered, never defeated, and died an old woman living in a giant castle. Her story

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Granuaile (Grace O'Malley): A woman who could give birth, drink whiskey, and defeat Turkish pirates. All in the same day.

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Grace O'Malley was a16th century Irish warrior who led a horde of broadsword-swinging Vikings, Celts, and Scottish Highlanders in naval operations that would dominate the coast of Ireland for a couple of decades. Known to her contemporaries as "The Pirate Queen of Connaught," this she raided shipping vessels, battled English armies, conquered castles from rival Irish clans, and once traveled to London just so she could talk shit to Queen Elizabeth in person.

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Grace O’Malley, Ireland, c. 1530 – 1603 Grace O'Malley was a pirate who commandeered her own fleet of ships off the Connacht coast. She helped lead a 50-year battle against English domination, eventually appealing to Queen Elizabeth I in person. She considered herself the Queen's equal.

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