A brief note about the life of Catalina de Erauso, the “lieutenant nun.”. Lieutenant Nun: Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World is Catalina de Erauso’s memoir about her experiences during the early s in Spain and. Lieutenant Nun is an autobiography that was written by Catalina de Erauso list of the characters in Lieutenant Nun and in-depth analyses of and Catalina.

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Meet Catalina De Erauso, The Cross-Dressing Warrior Nun Of 17th-Century Spain

This masculine disguise seems to have started as a way to escape pursuit from the convent, but circumstances soon taught Catalina that it was a wise precaution in general. Once out of prison, she devoted herself to smuggle wheat and cattle on the orders of Juan Lopez de Arquijo. She later fled to Argentina across the Andes, through a difficult transition path.

erauo A new lawsuit forced her to take refuge in a church. A group of officials decided to disembark despite the dangers, and Erauso asked to accompany them. Virginia Street Reno, NV basque unr. Disgraced, she fell into the habits of drinking and gambling, which in turn led to her fighting in a number of duels. In the nineteenth century highlights the work of Thomas De Quincey, who turns Erausco into a typically romantic character, victim of fate and immersed in a series of adventures.

Catalina de Erauso

Posted by Sharon L. Catalina fell in love with the girl she was transporting, and almost challenged the prospective husband to a duel, but she was convinced not to do so Once she arrived she used her pension to set up a business as a mule driver, transporting cargo between Veracruz and Mexico City. Catalina wrote her autobiography between and Most scholars believe that this book is not Erauso’s original version but one based on firsthand knowledge of the original manuscript or tales ds had been circulating in Spain for many years.


In Madrid, now probably 33 years old, Erauso gained an audience with King Philip IV, who was so impressed by her adventures that in August she was awarded a lifelong military pension in honor of her services. The king erayso and Catalina, now adopting the name of Francisco de Erauso, sailed for Mexico in She preferred to desert her post.

Catalina de Erauso

It was the source of most of the wealth of Spain, which at the time was at war on multiple fronts and needed all the money it could get. You might also like. After a brief time in Paita, she went to Zana. From this moment on, Catalina de Erauso lived much, but not all, of her life as a man.

Catalina de Erauso – Wikipedia

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. Some sources indicate that her cloistered life may have begun by the time she was four years old.

Off he went to manage a store in Trujillo on the coast. Newer Post Older Post Home.

Catalina says nothing more about convent life, noting only that, when she was fifteen, she had a series of increasingly heated encounters with members of the community. 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.


I’d like to say it saved her life–she didn’t do all that well in the course, but she did complete it, and she didn’t commit suicide, which is what she was threatening to do and what I feared. He was offered two alternatives, either marry the mistress in order to help her master keep up a respectable charadeor leave the city. There he found employment working for a local merchant.

Then they were translated into several languages and versions of the theme, as idealized by Thomas De Quincey, entitled The Ensign Nun in English. She took the book. Earuso addition to seeking reward for her time at war, she also sought compensation for money she lost while spent traveling to Rome.

In those retellings of Erauso’s story, she says that there has been an effort to “de-lesbianize” Erauso through the invention of different heterosexual relationships as well as downplaying her relationships and behavior with other women.

To escape, she pretended to confess and, after seizing a consecrated host fled to Cuzco [10] and returned to Peru. History remembers her as many things: Catalina de Erauso chose never to return to visit her parents and other erauxo.

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