“Beautiful, valiant, generous, and supremely unchaste.” 

Opera singer, swordswoman, outlaw, and daredevil, Julie d’Aubigny fled Paris with her fencing master lover in 1687, dressing like a man and openly carrying a sword. Infamous across France for her many affairs with women and men, she habitually dueled and killed men who disapproved of her escapades. When one of her paramour’s parents forced the girl to become a nun to get her away from Julie, Julie snuck into the convent, rescued her, and set the building on fire in order to cover their escape and convincingly fake their deaths.