You probably haven't heard of Julie d'Aubigny, and even once you hear about her, it's hard to believe she's real. She was a bisexual 17th-century opera singer, a sword fighter who won a steady stream of duels, and a lady who was not afraid to take her shirt off in public. That might sound like a Tamora Pierce heroine, but make no mistake — Julie was real.
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Julie d'Aubigny: Operatic Swordswoman
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While on the run with a fencing master named Sérannes, Julie d'Aubigny performed dueling and singing shows to make money. 01:05
When her lover was sent to a convent, Julie d’Aubigny infiltrated the convent as a postulant to liberate her. 01:26
In 1695, Julie d’Aubigny kissed a woman at a ball, prompting three men to challenge her to a duel. 02:42
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