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Never fear quarrels, but seek adventures. Julie d’Aubigny or d'Artagnan?
April 29, 2013 5:25 AM   Subscribe

Shortly thereafter, one of the nuns died. La Maupin disinterred the body of the deceased nun and, placing it in the bed of her beloved, set the room afire so that the two could flee in the ensuing confusion. Julie d’Aubigny a.k.a. La Maupin or Mademoiselle Maupin was a 17th century fencer and opera singer of the Paris Opera. In detail.

This angered La Maupin. She rebuffed him and reached for her sword. The young bravo responded in kind and soon the challenge was given and accepted and La Maupin found herself facing three of the squires over cold steel. They withdrew to the tavern's courtyard where she fought all three at once and won. The match ended when she ran the fellow who had offended her clean through the shoulder. Pinned by her blade, her foe twisted around until he could see her sword's point, red with his blood, emerging from his back. She sheathed her blade, turned her back upon the fallen man and withdrew to her room.

*M. d'Artagnan the elder's advice to his son was "Never fear quarrels, but seek adventures." (Ne craignez pas les occasions et cherchez les aventures). Unfortunately, when Théophile Gautier was tapped to write a novel on her life, he turned the plot of the book into a love triangle.
posted by ersatz (7 comments total) 42 users marked this as a favorite

 
She's brilliant, one of those real life adventurers who puts fiction to shame.
posted by MartinWisse at 5:30 AM on April 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


Now in GIF form!
posted by zamboni at 6:11 AM on April 29, 2013 [3 favorites]


I am going to enjoy this. And the "in detail" is exactly that.
posted by adamvasco at 6:29 AM on April 29, 2013


I'd love to ferret out her scenes from those French Baroque operas for a tribute concert. All I need is a Baroque ensemble...

/checks under sofa
posted by Pallas Athena at 7:49 AM on April 29, 2013


So much more awesome than I'll ever be.
posted by jb at 8:55 AM on April 29, 2013


I'd love to ferret out her scenes from those French Baroque operas for a tribute concert. All I need is a Baroque ensemble...

/checks under sofa


I got yer continuo right here. Can we get Alison Moyet to sing the arias?
posted by Dreidl at 10:06 AM on April 29, 2013


I wrote a gaming character once based on her and submitted the wikipedia article about her to the GM with the sheet, because she's so fantastic and talented that a character based on her looks like a Mary Sue. But she really existed, and I'm glad to see this post and more awareness of her.

Historical women: more awesome than most people think!
posted by immlass at 10:31 AM on April 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


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