⚡ [PDF] ✍ Historia de la monja alférez escrita por ella misma By Catalina de Erauso ✵ – Dolove.info
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 A Soldier In The Spanish Army, She Traveled To Peru And Chile, Became A Gambler, And Even Mistakenly Killed Her Own Brother In A Duel During Her Lifetime She Emerged As The Adored Folkloric Hero Of The Spanish Speaking World This Delightful Translation Of Catalina S Own Work Introduces A New Audience To Her Audacious EscapadesFrom The Introduction By Translator Michele Stepto Sometime Between And That Is, Between The Visit To Naples, Which Concludes Her Memoir, And Her Return To The Americas She Wrote Down In Manuscript Or Dictated To An Amanuensis An Account Of Her Life The Translator S Note Further Explains Only The Mu Oz And Ferrer Copies Of The Original Manuscript Now Exist The Present Translation Into English Is Based Largely On A Edition Of Ferrer S Historia De La Monja Alf Rez Do A Catalina De Erauso, Escrita Por Ella Misma , Though We Have Also Consulted Mu Oz S Vida Y Sucesos De La Monja Alf RezEscrita Por Ella Misma , Recently Made Available In An Excellent Edition Edited By Rima De Vallbona The oldest known autobiography of a woman, and at that, a woman living her life as a man The question remains was la Monja Alf rez cross dressing for freedom, or was she transgender Maybe irrelevant, and certainly unanswerable This picaresque account is so over the top as to be funny The Lieutenant Nun s story is one of masculine parody Her bravado is limitless gambling, murdering, spurning offers of marriage at every turn Anyone not trying to kill her is enthralled by her She is always the last one standing, always coming into amazing wealth and then squandering it all At first the story is amazing, and I m sure much of it actually happened, but the narrative snowballs into silliness She remains a Spanish folk legend after all, and she was a celebrity in her time there was even a play made about her while she was still alive , but there s no way that ALL of this happened, at least without serious embellishment But who cares it s an interesting, high flying tale, and a glimpse into the horrors of Spanish colonialism This short book is definitely worth a read for anyone interested in the era, in early memoir, or in the picaresque tradition Also, the audio book by Audible is well read, though you might want to skip the self important forward and introduction Viva la Monja Alf rez This is the story of Catalina de Erauso, a 16th 17th Century transvestite nun It s her short autobiography first a nun in the Basque region of Spain in the late 1500s, she donned men s clothing and escaped She passed as male in Spain, working here and there, and then left for colonial travels to South America Peru mostly, and Chile There she soldiered, dueled, killed, and adventured She eventually confessed her transgressions and became legendary Although the prose is not that interesting and not at all lurid , the story is fascinating. Definitely an interesting read, but given its age, the language can be a bit hard to work through at times But it was definitely an excellent choice for my Women s History class. my friend had found this book laying around in his apartment building s basement picked it up and read it on a whim thought it was interesting and sent it my way after he was done well, there is A LOT packed in that tiny book fascinating story to say the least not terribly well written and i wonder just how much was her story is embellished and well, factual nonetheless, not terrible and a very, very quick read oh, and the pacing of the story is most amusing to me seriously, it s like, Oh, you know, i rain away from the convent and all and then this theology professor took me in and let me stay for a few months Turns out he s married to one of my aunts ANYWHO, he liked me a whole lot and wanted me to stay and be his student for the long haul but I thought otherwise so then he beat me lulz. Old timey memoirs were the best No showing off how many books the author s read, just action, action, action Catalina de Erauso was a 15 year old Spanish girl in a convent who, after being beaten by some of the nuns, sees a chance to escape and takes it She disguises herself as a boy and takes on a clerical job, but after committing a couple murders, flees to the new world, where she becomes a solider and commits even murders I lost track of the bodies fairly quickly Details in this book are scarce, but even still we get a hint of her sense of humor Like when she is trying to escape the law when she comes across two constables in the dark, and then they ask for my name and I say what I shouldn t have said , The Devil Other than these little jokes, we don t get much sense of her personality, but she must have some charisma because powerful people are always trying to help her avoid murder charges and women are always trying to marry her to their daughters Some people may wonder how Catalina conceived of her gender or sexuality, but I m curious how she managed to use the bathroom without revealing her sex, since relieving oneself wasn t exactly a private act during the Renaissance. My goodness, what an interesting life I suppose my only frustration is that De Erauso was writing a confession, not a memoir, and so I was left very hungry for Just how she was able to get through situations such as being stripped and nearly racked without being revealed as a woman is something I d really like to know This is very much a Perils of Pauline story, and quite an interesting look at 16th century Latin America and the Spaniards who settled there. The story in of itself is crazy, but the memoir is merely a record of that story It s literally like reading a non stop monologue of someone s wild but true story of her life as a man in a time when that was pretty much illegal frowned upon but she got away with it for pretty much her whole life so fascinating, only, really, because of that. While a woman dressing as a man is nothing new in the annals of history, reading this straighforward, picaresque autobiography is something fairly different My Spanish bil confirmed for me that Catalina is indeed a Spanish folk hero Reading of her exploits adventures provided a fascinating glimpse into her life as a man in the new world, outlining her exploits as a gambler, soldier, and adventurer Catalina got into enough scrapes that she often relied on the sanctuary of the Church for protection later in her life, after confessing her true identity, the Church accepted her the pope gave her a special dispensation to continue dressing as a man A unique view of a Spanish hero heroine Worth a read, especially for the historical value.FYI, here is a different translation than the one I read, freely available online All historical fencers need to read this book It is an unvarnished account of the protagonists life and provides enlightening insights to the social attitudes of the time in Spain s South American colonies.