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The Pirate Queen

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Historical fiction about Grace O'Malley, 16th century Irish pirate.
Paperback, 691 pages
Published March 18th 1992 by Headline book publishing plc (first published January 1st 1991)
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
This is going for $75.00 on Amazon used..got it for $2.00! Whoo-hoo!
Kathy Sebesta
Overlong and overly horrific.

Elizabeth I is trying to tame Ireland and the Irish. The Irish are trying to reclaim their independence. The result is much like WWII's Holocaust where the northern Irish, at least, are virtually wiped out.

Spoiler alerts. Enter the heroine Barbary, unknown heir to Grace O'Malley the Irish pirate queen, who winds up marrying a British lord and loving a high ranking Irish rebel. If that's what the story were about it would be half the size and twice the interest. Inst
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Sabine
Ich hatte mich sehr auf dieses Buch gefreut, da ich doch historische Romane gerne lese und der Klappentext mich sehr angesprochen hat. Als ich dann noch erfuhr, dass Diana Norman auch unter dem Namen Ariana Franklin schreibt (von der ich mit Begeisterung ein Hörbuch gehört hatte), war meine Freude umso größer.
Die ersten Seiten waren auch wirklich toll. Die Flucht der kleinen Barbary aus dem Gefängnisturm, das hat mir gefallen. Doch dann wurde es sehr unübersichtlich, als die Königin ins Spiel k
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Janice Russell
I took lots of notes on this book, and it is in need of a review so I will add some of my observations here. What a plot it has! Set in the Elizabethan era it is the tale of the child of a noble woman, who escapes from the tower where her mother is held for execution. She is raised as a street urchin on the streets of London, surviving on her wits alone. She's a fine sample of Norman's proclivity for a feisty heroine. Her story takes the reader through Queen Elizabeth's court and eventually to I ...more
Spitz
This was 846 pages long! Now I know why it took so long to finish--a real epic. The horrors of the endless, senseless wars in Ireland in the late 16th century are not a good setting for a happy end, and there isn't one really in this book. Increasingly depressing, despite the two amazingly strong women "pirates." Now I need to read something light and funny, with a happy end.
Sarah Tamblyn
A complete Elizabethan adventure across a wide canvas. You can smell the locations!
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British journalist Diana Norman also writes as Ariana Franklin.

Born Mary Diana Narracott, she grew up first in London and then in Devon, where her mother took her to escape the blitz. At the age of 15, she left school, but with journalism in her background (her father had be
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