Ina young novitiate named Catalina de Erauso fled a Dominican convent in Basque Spain, cut her hair and disguised herself as a young man. She started a new life on the road.
Early years[ edit ] Some sources claim Erauso was born in including her alleged autobiography of From an early age she took part with her father and brothers in the arts of warfare.
It was normal at that time for girls to be placed in convents at a young age to be educated according to Catholic tradition, promoting the learning of tasks appropriate to their sex to be subsequently to be betrothed "as God intended".
Because of her explosive character and the difficulty the nuns faced to control her, she was transferred to the Convent of San Bartolome de San Sebastian until she was 15, where the rules were much stricter.
She realized that she had no religious vocation, and as a result she felt imprisoned and refused to take her vows. Catalina de Erauso was detained in her cell because of the constant fights she had with a widowed novice named Catalina de Alirli.
For this reason, on the night of March 18,the eve of San Jose, she found the keys of the convent hanging in a corner and used them to escape. Fugitive status in Spain[ edit ] From this moment, she began the life of a fugitive.
Later, she narrated this in her autobiography, which gave her great fame. She ate what she found on the way walking through different villages, this is how she reached Vitoria, a city 20 miles from San Sebastian. There she met a doctor and professor Mr.
Francisco de Cerralta, who gave her clothes and took her in without recognising her. She stayed with him for 3 months, during which she learnt some Latin. After having forced her to continue studying and attempted sexual abuse, Catalina took money from the doctor and met a mule driver and went to Valladolid with him.
Catalina, disguised as a man, by the name of Francisco de Loyola, served in the court as a page of the secretary of King Juan de Idiaquez for seven months. She had to flee from Valladolid when she met her father, who came looking for his good friend Mr.
Her father asked for information to find her, describing her physical appearance and the way she escaped from the convent. Surprisingly, her father did not recognise her despite having spoken with her.
This time, she took the longest route towards Bilbao.
When she arrived, she was not as lucky as before, she did not find a place to sleep nor a patron. In addition, she had a fight with some young men who tried to assault her, so she took a stone and wounded one of them. Thus, she was arrested and stayed in prison for a month.
Once released from prison she went to Estella de Navarra and managed to settle herself as a page of an important lord of the town called Alonso de Arellano.
Catalina was his servant for two years, always well treated and well dressed. She also attended mass in her old convent with her former colleagues. They were there for only two days.
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