double-edged sword

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Julie d’Aubigny (1673-1707) was a 17th century swords woman and opera singer! What an interesting combo!

Her father, Gaston d’Aubigny was a secretary to Louis de Lorraine-Guise, comte d’Armagnac, the Master of the Horse for King Louis XIV. Because Gaston trained court pages, his daughter was trained in dancing, reading, drawing, and fencing. When she was a bit older, she traveled to Marseille- stopping along the way to perform impromptu fencing shows while dressed as a man.

Upon her arrival in Marseille, she joined an opera company (as a woman) and had a fling with another woman. This woman’s parents found out and had her sent to a convent. Julie followed her there and planned an escape. There is where it gets good…

So Julie steals the body of a dead nun and places it under her lover’s bed, lights the entire room on fire and flees, hoping the fire/body thing…

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