Catalina de Erauso was not your typical 17th-century nun. She was a gambling conquistador who disguised herself as a man , romanced women, and accidentally murdered her own brother. After escaping from a convent as a teenager, Catalina fled to the New World, where she made frequent stops in churches to claim sanctuary after killing people. How does a 17th-century cross-dressing nun, guilty of dozens of murders, convince the pope to pardon her?
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Erauso's story has remained alive through historical studies, biographical stories, novels, movies and comics. From an early age, Erauso trained with him and brothers in the arts of warfare. Around the year , at age 4, Erauso together with sisters Isabel and Maria was taken to the Dominican convent of San Sebastian el Antiguo,  where Erauso's mother's cousin, Ursula de Uriza e Sarasti, held the position of prioress. From this moment on, Erauso began the life of a fugitive, later narrated in the autobiography that gave her great fame. In Vitoria, Erauso met a doctor and professor, Francisco de Cerralta,  who was married to Erauso's mother's cousin but took Erauso in without recognizing her. When she arrived, she was not as lucky as before, she did not find a place to sleep nor a patron.
Wikimedia Commons Catalina De Erauso. Equally warlike and amorous, Catalina de Erauso was a warrior and adventurer of the 17th century whose mystique has only ripened with age. The daughter of a prominent 16th-century Spanish military family many of whom were colonizers of the Americas , Catalina de Erauso was born on the craggy coastline of Basque Country in the town of San Sebastian. At the age of only four, she was shipped off to live in a convent to learn the etiquette of a proper lady, earning her one half of her nickname. Cloistered life, however, was not for de Erauso. Imprisoned for feuding with a fellow novice this was to become a habit for her , she stole the convent keys, then emulated the likes of Joan of Arc and Hua Mulan by running away, cutting her hair short, and disguising herself as a man. Catalina De Erauso would retain this disguise for most of her life, prompting modern-day audiences to question her gender identity. She even claimed to have fried out and flattened her breasts with a certain ointment. Now disguised as a man, the fugitive novice wandered mostly unnoticed through Spain.