Grania is an extraordinary novel about real-life Irish chieftain Grace O Malley. From Morgan Llywelyn, bestselling author of Lion of Ireland and the Irish Century series, comes the story of a magnificent, 16th-century heroine whose spirit and passion are the spirit and passion of Ireland itself. Grania (Gaelic for Grace) is no ordinary woman, and she lives in extraordinary times. For even as Grania rises as her clans unofficial head and breadwinner and learns to love a man, she enters a lifelong struggle against the English forces of Queen Elizabethher nemesis and alter ego. The story of her life is the story of Irelands fight for solidarity and survivalbut its also the story of Granias growing ability to love and be strong at the same time. Morgan Llywelyn has written a rich, historically accurate, and passionate novel of divided Irelandand of one brave woman who is Ireland herself. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
The 16th century pirate-chieftain Grace O'Malley, often called Grania of Ireland, bestrides the turbulent cosmos created by Llywelyn (Lion of Ireland in this lusty saga. Grania, a formidable figure of hearty appetites, is the leader of fractious Irish clans and burns with zest for her seafaring life. She endures many brutalities, narrowly escapes death several times and eventually feels the power of her challenger across the water, Elizabeth of England. Their confrontation in the waning years of their lives is one highlight of the sprawling tale. Other characters include the fabled leaders of the Irish tribes who were Grania's liegemen, and her lovers, among them Sir Philip Sidney (whose poetry did not stir her). Weaving fact and legend, at times melodramatically, Llywelyn brings to life a ferocious time, making understandable the ancient enmity of Gael and Saxon.
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February 20, 2007
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