Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
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September Books 1) Pirate Queen: the Life of Grace O'Malley, by Judith Cook

I read Anne Chambers' book on the same subject last month; Cook is a clunkier writer than Chambers, but actually has a much better political grasp of what was going on in Irish, English and to an extent Scottish politics at the time and casts her net fairly wide. Essentially this turns into a study of the micro-politics of County Mayo in the last third of the sixteenth century, and gives a deep context to the story of the glamorous protagonist. I started by not really liking it because of the style but came around fairly quickly.
Tags: bookblog 2011, tudor history
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