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As some of you know, I’ve been working on writing a book. The book will have something to do with pirates, and will have a strong female leading figure. This story is something that has been brewing for a long time, and I actually managed to write something on it, though briefly, in NaNoWriMo last year. I didn’t get very far, partially because I didn’t push myself, but also because I felt ill prepared to write the book. I also was concerned about the concept of having a strong female lead, in charge of a group of mishap pirates, in the setting that I was seeking to put her in. I’m no longer concerned about that.

I’ve been doing more and more research into female pirates, particularly Grace O’Malley, or Grannuile, of Ireland. I was first introduced to her through one of the research books that I picked up on pirates, and while I only received a brief glimpse into her life in that book, I’ve since done some more research. Grace O’Malley was a particular wonder for her time, and the stuff that stories are quite often written about; so it is no wonder that she’s likely going to be a big influence, of sorts, within my book. She was a strong female figure in Irish history, who managed things not only militaristically, but also politically. She’s someone to be admired, I think, for the accomplishments she made during a time when men were particularly dominant in the world, and women had no rights.

I find myself wanting to know more about her, and to learn more about her exploits with Richard Bingham and Elizabeth I; not only that, but any other strong female figures that might have been known in history. Got any suggestions of where to look? Post here!


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Oct. 12th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
       There was a female pirate queen in China during the warring states period who had a huge fleet of ships and hundreds of men under her. Might be something to check out. Also ?Catherine? Medici...founder of the Hapsburg dynasty (I believe) and the predecessor of almost all "modern" European royalty, from about the 1700<.

Oct. 12th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
O'Malley, Grace, 1530?-1603? .. also known as Grainne O'Malley, Grania O'Malley, Granuaile, and Grainemhaoil O'Malley. Some possible books to check into:

Chambers, Anne. Granuaile : the sea queen of Ireland. Collins Press, 2006.
Cook, Judith. Pirate queen : the life of Grace O’Malley, 1530-1603. Mercier Press, 2004.

(The following has been classed as fiction by the Library of Congress, but:)

Gold, Alan. The pirate queen : the story of Grace O’Malley, Irish pirate. New American Library, 2006.
Gold, Alan. Pirate queen. HarperCollinsPublishers, 2003.
Llywelyn, Morgan. Grania : she-king of the Irish seas. Forge, 2003.
Maxwell, Robin. Wild Irish. William Morrow, 2003.
Meyer, Edith. Pirate queen; the story of Ireland’s Grania O’Malley in the days of Queen Elizabeth. Little, Brown 1961.

The following is classed as juvenile fiction but has not been cataloged:
Gherasim, Louise. Grainne : Sailor Princess of Ireland.
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