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An encounter with his father who was searching for him, but failed to see through his disguise rattled his confidence, while a spell in jail for fighting nearly exposed his secret. You might also like More from author Terrible People from History. She cut her hair and altered her clothing to appear masculine, catapina headed out on the road. At the center of the debate lies whether Vida y sucesos can or should be classified as an autobiography.

Catalina de Erauso

Once released from prison she went to Estella de Navarra and managed to settle herself as a page of an important lord of the town called Alonso de Arellano. She also gained an amnesty from the laws against wearing male clothing. After marching with her company to Chile inher army swept through the lands and property of the Mapuches, showing her aggressive side as conqueror, massacring many Indians.

She went to the fight with another person, and in the fight the man’s friend was killed. While Erauso never mentions specifically in her memoir being attracted to a man, there are numerous instances of relationships with other women.

Lieuttenant was taken back to the ranch and nursed back to health by the owner, a Native American widow. At times Erauso either meets or serves some members of her own family–cousins, her aunt, even her father–who never recognize her.

After a brief time in Paita, she went to Zana.

He was offered two alternatives, either marry the mistress in order to help her master keep up a respectable charadeor leave the city. This frustration led to a period devoted to vandalizing, killing as many people as she met on the road, causing extensive damage and burning entire crops. Lieuteant state that she died carrying a load on a boat, although some argue that her death occurred at the top of Orizaba, alone among their asses cargo.


She fabricated men’s clothing with the materials at her disposal, cut her hair and hid her habit. The rest of the crew perished.

Catalina de Erauso – Wikipedia

An Early Modern Autobiography. Catalina spent a month in the church, but eventually the governor stopped guarding it and he escaped into the wilds. After another dizzying array of adventures and misadventures–he is erxuso, he is suspended, he is imprisoned, he deserts the army, he commits heinous crimes, including murder, for which he is condemned to death and then reprieved–in Erauso is forced to reveal “her” identity as a woman.

Catalina fell in love with the girl she was transporting, and almost challenged the prospective lieutenaant to a duel, but she was convinced not to do dr Once she arrived she used her pension to set up a business as a mule driver, transporting cargo between Veracruz and Mexico City. This time she was sentenced to death, but was saved at the last minute by the deposition of another prisoner sentenced to death.

There are also questions about the genre of Catalina’s work–is it autobiography? A new lawsuit forced her to take refuge in a church.

Specifically, Catalina once confessed that she “dried her breasts” with a secret ointment. At last Erauso decides to travel to the Americas, where, as a man, he lives a riotous life, the autobiography recounting all kinds of madcap adventures, fights and brawls, and sexual misadventures.

She died twenty years later inreportedly of a heart attack. In the next battle of Puren her captain died and she took command, winning the battle. She ended up cutting off the face of the boy who challenged her. About Lieutenant Nun Named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of One of the earliest known autobiographies by a woman, this is the extraordinary tale of Catalina de Erauso, who in escaped from a Basque convent dressed as a man and went on to live one of the most wildly fantastic lives of any woman in history.


Some argue that Erauso had to pretend to be attracted to women in order to keep her identity a secret and to blend in with her fellow Spanish soldiers. The church officials planned to have her enter a convent, but Catalina cagalina no more willing to do this than she had been as a teenager. Because of her explosive num and the difficulty the nuns faced to control her, she was transferred to the Convent of San Bartolome de San Sebastian until she was 15, where the rules were much stricter.

Lieutenant Nun by Catalina De Erauso | : Books

In la Plata Chuquisaca she was accused of a crime she did not commit, she was tortured and finally set free again without revealing her identity. She argues that, throughout the years since the first printings of Erauso’s memoirs, there have been a lot of lieuutenant retellings and exaggerations.

And two years later, happy, writing like mad, and active in the gay and lesbian group on campus, she stopped by my office one day to say thank you. Then they were translated into several languages and versions of the theme, as idealized by Thomas De Quincey, entitled The Ensign Nun in English. Eventually the king decided to grant her a pension of pesos a year. She had to flee from Valladolid when she met her father, who came looking for his good friend Mr.