Catalina de Erauso was a woman from Spain in the 1600s who felt that life was way too boring for Spanish women of the time. When her family decided she was too weird to marry and she was to be a nun, that was the last straw and she bolted, looking for adventure in the New World. Under the name “Francisco de Loyola,” she fought as a Spanish soldier, and like most soldiers, gambled, dueled, drank and broke hearts. Noble families everywhere tried to set their daughters up with this dashing young fellow, and she strung them along for all the cash she could get before bolting. Sooner or later, the game was going to be up, and the canny Catalina decided to beat them to the punch by finding a sympathetic powerful man, a bishop in particular, and giving him her side of the story. The end result was that in return for fooling everyone and running away to fight, drink and screw like a man, and telling everyone about it, she returned to Spain a hero and was commended by the king and even the Pope.