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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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Grace O'Malley (Gaelic:Gráinne Ní Mháille) was a renowned sea captain who led a band of 200 sea-raiders from the coast of Galway in the sixteenth century. Twice widowed, twice imprisoned, fighting her enemies both Irish and English for her rights, condemned for piracy, and finally pardoned in London by Queen Elizabeth I herself. She died in 1603, but her legend still lives on.

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Arrrrrgh.......Grace O'Malley was the most powerful female pirate of the Elizabethan age. Her life story is incredibly inspiring.

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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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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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Grace O'Malley the notorious pirate -- known as Gráinne Ní Mháille, Queen of Clew Bay, to the Irish. From the website "Take Back Halloween." She seemed to be friends with Elizabeth I.

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