"A rollicking, swashbuckling tale."
—Los Angeles Times
"The frontier nun's rascally tale [is] a fascinating puzzle to decipher."
—Angeline Goreau, The New York Times Book Review
"A mesmerizing adventure!"
"[Catalina de Erauso] dared to steal the quest narrative from the roving men of her time and, miraculously, survived to tell the tale. An essential work for recovering the roots of women's autobiography and women's remaking of identity through encounters with otherness, not only in society but in the self."
—Ruth Behar, author of The Vulnerable Observer
"The Steptos' translation, without betraying the original, turns this memoir into compelling literature in English."
—Roberto González Echevarría, Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literatures, Yale University
Catalina de Erauso was born in Spain in either 1585 or 1592, according to disputed records, and died in 1650. Raised and educated in a convent, de Erauso refused to conform to the strict nature of the environment and, disguising herself in men’s clothing, escaped in 1600. As a fugitive, she then traveled to various countries and joined the Chilean military, climbing the ranks. Her story is told in Lieutenant Nun: Memoirs of a Basque Transvestite, which was originally wrote or dictated, and eventually published, in Paris in 1829.