Imprint: Australian Scholarly Publishing
Catalina De Erauso: The Lieutenant Nun and the Conquest of the New WorldBy Heidi Zogbaum
Catalina de Erauso, known as the Lieutenant Nun, is one of the most colourful figures in the conquest of the Americas. A novice in a nunnery, she escaped and dressed as a boy. She then embarked on a chequered career in Peru as soldier, gambler, brawler and duellist. When discovered, the king rewarded the cross-dresser with a military pension, and the Pope with permission to wear male clothes. Heidi Zogbaum follows the path of this exceptional woman and the historical circumstances which allowed such capers.