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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Specifically, Catalina once confessed that she “dried her breasts” with a secret ointment. At one point she was under the command of her own brother, Miguel, who never recognized her. Her autobiography claims that this was due to an exemption granted by the Pope himself after she was presented to him and told him her story. Then she went to the city of Trujillo, where her master opened a store.

Catalina de Erauso

At last Erauso decides to travel to the Americas, where, as a man, he lives a eraudo life, the autobiography recounting all kinds of madcap adventures, fights and brawls, and sexual misadventures.

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However Catalina was also badly injured and the assumption was that he was going to die. One of the friends was killed, and Catalina wound up in jail again. Back to top of page Back to Top. Why is it not just for drinking? This article has multiple issues. Recover she did, and, while still in Peru, she was received by the archbishop, who praised her valor and loyalty to the Spanish crown.


She was cayalina the nicest of people — by his own admission she was a murderer and a wastrel. Firstly, they all knew Erauso by different names and different accomplishments.

It is also worth noting catakina many details of the life erausso Catalina de Erauso mirror the picaresque tradition so important in Spanish literature. She found employment as a messenger, then as an accountant for a merchant in Vitoria, saving her money. After three years Catalina reached the rank of second lieutenant, but also made himself unwelcome in the city due to his temper. Normally this would have brought death by hanging, but Erauso was given a life sentence because of her youth.

The bishop d Puebla, Monsignor Palafox, believed that the woman he buried there was the nun-ensign, and on her tombstone were engraved these words: In Valladolid, she even encountered her father.

They were there for only two days. Catalina de Erauso is eventually awarded her military pension.

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

Learn how and when to remove these template messages. The ship’s crew, assuming Erauso drowned, prayed for her soul. She later returned to Sanlucar de Barrameda, where she found a job as a cabin boy on a ship.

From the abbeys and squares of Spain to the outposts and wilds erausso the Americas, she earned her epithet of La Monja Alferez: Imprisoned yet again for, you guessed it, another violent dispute and with her back to the wall, de Erauso finally revealed her deep secret: He ds in wait for me and caught me at it again.


When Catalina returned to Spain crowds of people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the Lieutenant Nun.

Most scholars believe that this book is not Erauso’s original version but one based on firsthand knowledge of the original manuscript or tales catalinna had been circulating in Spain for many years. For nearly years, Catalina Erauso’s story has remained alive through historical studies, biographical stories, novels, movies and comics.

Please enter an answer in digits: The story of Catalina was as compelling then as it had been during her life, and though he remains an undeservedly obscure figure there have been several plays and movies based on the nun who became a soldier. The book was published in France in under the title of The Nun Lieutenant.

Catalina de Erauso

There is little doubt that her story has been enhanced, and that the “nun-ensign” is now the stuff of legend. When she arrived, she was not as lucky as before, she did not find a place to sleep nor a patron. Perhaps in order to escape from this pursuit, Catalina decided to come clean with the churchman. There was always a demand for erausp in Chile, as the Mapuche there were one of the few native peoples who had managed to resist Spanish conquest.