Contributed by Mike Quick
by Grace Halden
had not heard of Grace O’Malley before watching ‘Warrior Women’
and was not sure what to expect, but in Grace I found a true hero.
Grace O’Malley was an incredibly brave Irish clan leader, warrioress,
seductress and a woman ruler in a mans world.
fought for her clan, country and family; she took on the locals,
the English and eventually Queen Elizabeth 1st – and won. For those
who are fans of Elizabeth you will love Grace; they lived a strange
parallel life; they died in the same year and at the same age after
forming an unexpected friendship when Grace came to England to try
and escape her punishment. Grace unlike most women of that time
wasn’t restrained by men and religion; she was free spirit who had
romances and conquests when and if it suited her and fought with
the bravery of 100 men.
seemed to have a lot of affection for the Irish pirate and spoke
with a lot of emotion, respect and admiration. What I LOVE about
this series is how involved Lucy is; she visits the places she speaks
about: the castles, the battlegrounds, the museums… she brings the
past into the present. She brings the stories to life. Lucy injects
so much energy and spark into these amazing tales that even people
who don’t like history would sit and happily watch – (my friend
watched for the whole hour, instead of playing playstation- and
thats saying something!).
did a fabulous demonstration with swords like Grace O’Malley would
have used. Using two swords Lucy did brief demonstrations like a
pro, I was very impressed, as was the man telling her about the
swords. Later Lucy and the man fought together in a very brief,
light-hearted fight. Lucy won! Lucy really looked in her element
when using the weapons; I especially liked the advert before the
show came on, where Lucy is walking through a museum, picks up a
sword and uses it. Very Xena and yet all Lucy at the same time.
Lucy appeared with a bow, unfortunately she didn’t use it, but her
green top made her look very much ‘the female robin hood’ which
was very cute. At one point Lucy was actually sitting on the window
ledge of a huge fort, very high up, with no apparent safety equipment
and not even holding on - well that’s more than what I would do
for a documentary - very brave!!
looked so free and spirited walking around the Irish countryside,
with wind blown hair and inspirational tales of pirates. I am not
at all surprised that these documentaries are doing so well, great