Lord Kermit brought the Tullys to the height of their power. Vital and bold, he fought tirelessly for Queen Rhaenyra, and her son, Prince Aegon, later King Aegon III. Lord Kermit was the chief commander of the host that descended on King’s Landing in the last days of the war, and he personally slew Lord Borros Baratheon in the final battle of the Dance of the Dragons.
Guys. Julie D’Aubigny. 17th century, swordswoman, opera singer, queer af
Julie D’Aubigny, also known as La Maupin, was brought up at the French court and learned her lessons alongside the pages. These included dancing, reading, drawing…and fencing. When she was young she used to dress like a boy. At only 14, she became one of the mistresses of the Count D’Armagnac, and he married her off to another man to avoid scandal. Her husband went to the south of France, she stayed in Paris. Now here’s where it gets like a romantic novel - Julie had an ongoing affair with a young fencing master. He became a fugitive, accused of murder, and Julie ran away with him to Marseilles (they earned money by doing fencing shows on the way, during which time she dressed as a man). In Marseilles, she became an opera singer. No, really. She soon became bored with her young lover, and took up with a young lady instead. The girl’s parents objected and sent her to a convent. This didn’t deter Julie, though! Being a woman herself, she entered the convent. There, she placed the body of a dead nun (honestly) in the bed of her lover, and set the room on fire so they could run away. The affair lasted three months, and then her lover went home. Julie stood accused of bodysnatching, kidnap and arson. The sentence was to be burned to death…so Julie ran away back to Paris, earning a living as a singer again. On the way, she was still dressing in men’s clothing, and was insulted by a young nobleman. She promptly fought him in a duel. She won, driving her blade through his shoulder. The next day she enquired of his health. He turned out to be the sun of the duke of Luynes. He sent a friend to apologise to her, she went to his room, and they became lovers. He then went off to the military, she carried on to Paris. On the way she had another affair, this time with a singer, and they both joined the Paris Opera. In Paris, she contacted the count D’Armagnac - she was his mistress back as a teenager, and he persuaded the king to pardon her. So she sung and she acted. She was popular, but she didn’t stop being badass. In fact, she once famously beat a male singer after he pestered the women in the troupe. She also fell in love with the mistress of the air to the French throne, and attempted suicide when rejected. In 1695 she got into trouble. She kissed a young lady at a society ball, and was challenged to a duel by three separate noblemen. She beat them all, but there was a law against duels in Paris at the time. She fled to Brussels, and had a brief affair with one of the Bavarian royals. In Brussels, she was in trouble with the law for beating up her landlord. The final years of her career were spent in an affair with the lady Marquise of Florensac, and when the Marquise died she was inconsolable, and retired to a convent in Provence where she died.She was 33 when she died. All this accomplished in 33 years, and she was such a good singer that she had an opera part composed solely for her.