Historia De La Monja Alférez


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This is the life story of Catalina de Erauso, who after leaving the convent of San Sebastián dressed as a man and went to America, where she attained the rank of lieutenant. Catalina killed many in duels and brawls, including a brother, and had several amorous dalliances with other women. She was arrested in Peru and sentenced to death, only to be released on account of her virginity. Back in Spain she was received by the king, who respected her military rank and authorized her to use a mans name and dress in masculine attire. The Pope himself accepted her change of sexual identity. After these adventures she returned to America, this time to Mexico, opened a business and lived as a man until her death. There are numerous versions of this autobiography. The story of the nun lieutenant is a reference text in feminist and womens studies.

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