Catalina de Erauso was a Basque novice nun who ran away from her convent at about 15 years of age to travel to the New World. This "Lieutenant Nun" as she came to be known, wrote a sensational memoir about her adventures.
Catalina de Erauso dressed as a man and pursued a successful military career in South America, before returning to Spain and revealing her secrets. She recorded her exploits in the perfectly titled "Lieutenant Nun: Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World."
historical-nonfiction: “Meet Catalina de Erauso, a Spanish noblewoman who spent most of her life living (and fighting) as a man, first in Spain and then in the Spanish colonies. To read more about her early escape from a nunnery, her swordfighting,.