Better known as Mademoiselle Maupin or La Maupin, she was a 17th-century opera singer. Little is known for certain about her life; her tumultuous career and flamboyant lifestyle were the subject of gossip, rumor, and colourful stories in her own time, and inspired numerous fictional and semi-fictional portrayals afterwards. Théophile Gautier loosely based the title character, Madeleine de Maupin, of his novel Mademoiselle de Maupin (1835) on her.
In 1687, she married Sieur de Maupin of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Soon after the wedding, her husband received an administrative position in the south of France, but the Count kept her in Paris for his own purposes.
Also around 1687, La Maupin became involved with an assistant fencing master named Sérannes. When Lieutenant-General of Police Gabriel Nicolas de la Reynie tried to apprehend Sérannes for killing a man in an illegal duel, the pair fled the city to Marseille.
On the road south, La Maupin and Sérannes made a living by giving fencing exhibitions and singing in taverns and at local fairs. While travelling and performing in these impromptu shows, La Maupin dressed in male clothing but did not conceal her sex. On arrival in Marseille, she joined the opera company run by Pierre Gaultier.
The Paris Opéra hired La Maupin in 1690, having initially refused her. She debuted as Pallas Athena in Cadmus et Hermione by Jean-Baptiste Lully the same year. She performed regularly with the Opéra, first singing as a soprano, and later in her more natural contralto range.
In 1702, André Campra composed the role of Clorinde in Tancrède specifically for her bas-dessus (contralto) range. She sang for the court at Versailles on a number of occasions.
She retired from the opera in 1705 and took refuge in a convent, probably in Provence, where she is believed to have died in 1707 at the age of 33.
I’d like to take moment and dedicate a post to my favorite Loud sibling while introducing a lady in history many people might not know.
Now, we all know Luna. She’s calm and peaceful most of the time, but has no problem with unleashing her fury if you piss her off. And on that note, I’d like to introduce… Drumroll please.
Julie was a bisexual 17th century opera singer, radical and sword fighter who didn’t have any issues dealing with people who didn’t like her lifestyle. In fact, two men saw her kissing a woman they were both trying to get romantically involved with and they didn’t like it so Julie took the dudes outside, showed them the business end of her sword and went back to the party like nothing happened!
Pretty cool, right? Especially considering back then, it wasn’t technically illegal to not be straight in France since this was during Louis XlV’s reign and his brother was gay yet people still had issue with a woman walking around kissing other women, carrying a sword and wearing men’s clothes. So yeah.
(im sorry if the quality doesnt look right im still trying to figure out how to upload my art to platforms)
anyways let me introduce her
the opera singing duelist
Julie is known by historians for her flamboyant and eventful lifestyle chasing one craze after another. with her sharp tongue and her equally sharp sword it is hard to believe that she is a goofy as they come and doesn’t even bother to hide it. always cracking jokes and teasing others and always lives a forever lasting impression on those she meets. but behind her crazy and bubbly exterior seems to hide loneliness
hobbies: sword fighting, singing, and long walks(aka wandering off to god knows where)
likes: spicy foods, women, traveling and singing
dislikes: sweets: staying put, social constructs
past occupation: Opera singer, duelist
Vampire Type: Greater Vampire
Personality: very outgoing and cheerful women that makes a lot of different types of jokes. loves to tease others to piss them off to get a rise out of them but gets mad when other do to same to the people she cares about. hates staying in one spot and loves to travel. she is also Bisexual and loves to hit on the ladies and gets cocky when men get mad.
-was once married but got a divorce later one
-she loves spicy food and will often drown foods in hot sauce or spices (Ex. hot sauce instead of syrup on pancakes)
-she is secretly very smart but does not show it
i just love the acutal Julie she is a role model (this women literally dressed as a nun to sneak in a convent and burned down it down to get to her girlfirend. yes girlfriend she was hella bi and chaotic to the point the king of france at the time found her hilarious to the point he personally pardon her from being burned at the stake…. twice and was bestfriends with the kings gay crossdressing brother. the second time she got in trouble with the law was at a royal ball where she dressed as a man (with the prince cross dressing as her date) a danced with a noblewomen that three men loved and kissed her (in front of everyone) and challaged her to a duel…. and won a 3-1 sword match and return to the party) i just love this women
by the way all this happened before her 33 birthday what are you doing with your life
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Julie d'Aubigny (1670/1673–1707), better known as Mademoiselle Maupin or La Maupin, was a 17th-century swordswoman and opera singer. Her tumultuous career and flamboyant life were the subject of gossip and colorful stories in her own time.
Leading a truly unconventional and wild life full of brawling and passion - Julie d’Aubigny was a bisexual 17th Century swordswoman and opera star. Her father was King Louis XIV’s Master of the Horse and trained the court pages- Julie rapidly learnt the same skills taught to them, such as dancing, drawing, reading and fencing. At 14, the Count d’Armagnac took Julie as his mistress and later had her married to Sieur de Maupin, but Julie rejected a devoted life of married servitude and refused to come with him when he received a position in Southern France.
Not even within a year of her marriage, Julie pursed an affair with fencing master Sérannes, who Julie fled with to Marseilles after an illegal duel. Dressed in man’s clothes, Julie travelled with Sérannes across France and led a life of partying and rebellion - which Julie funded through performing impromptu shows, singing and dancing. However, Julie grew tired of this life with Sérannes after she met and seduced a merchant’s daughter while tavern hopping and ran away with her.
The pair became hot gossip as most people were actively against their same-sex relationship, especially when coupled with Julie’s tumultuous life and reputation of being a highly esteemed fighter. The parents of Julie’s lover sent her away to the Visitandines convent in Avignon. d’Aubigny followed and planned an ingenious heist to get her lover back. She took the Holy Orders and entered the convent as a postulant and stole the body of a dead nun, hid it in her lovers bed and burned the convent to the ground as she and her lover escaped back onto the road once more.
After their affair, the woman returned to her family, who were shocked at their daughter being alive and pushed for d’Aubigny to be persecuted. Charged with counts of arson, body snatching and kidnapping, she was sentenced to death by fire but was not present at the tribunal. Instead, she was granted pardon by King Louis XIV, who was greatly amused by her wild adventures and anecdotes, and she rose to fame in a highly successful opera career.
In her final years, Julie fell deeply in love with Marie Louise Thérèse de Senneterre, la Marquise de Florensac. After her passing in 1705, d’Aubigny was deeply grief stricken and retired from the opera - taking refuge in a convent. She spent the rest of her days there until she passed away in 1707. At the time of an ever-shifting cultural landscape, Julie forged a space for herself to live her the life to the fullest and has been memorialised since through a variety of books, films and plays.
For Pride Month, I’d like to introduce you to Julie d’Aubigny.
Now, why am I making a post about her? Well, she lived in the late 1600s, (she was convicted in absentia in 1687) and was openly bisexual, so there’s that.
And there’s also her life in general, where she spends most of it being a singer in the Paris Opera and a very successful cross-dressing duelist known for winning fistfights.
But there’s also the story of how she got her first girlfriend.
The short version is, her first girlfriend is why she was convicted.
Of body snatching, arson, and kidnapping, specifically.
Because the parents of Julie’s first girlfriend didn’t exactly approve of their relationship, and sent their daughter off to a convent.
Julie, for her part, didn’t really approve of these new circumstances, so she concocted A Plan.
She took the Holy Orders to enter the convent. (You know, as you do.)
Then she took the body of a recently deceased nun (as you do) and stashed it in her lover’s bed. (I don’t know about you but I don’t tend to do that bit.)
Next, she lit the room on fire. (I can’t really fault her for this, those rooms were probably terribly drafty.)
And finally, she snatched her girlfriend up, rode off into the night, and spent the next three months riding around the countryside with her officially dead paramour as her new companion. (And who hasn’t done that?)
And that is, rather amazingly, not the weirdest thing she ever did.
This video not only covers her life, but gives a quick little look into how an openly bi woman could exist in 17th century France without being persecuted by everyone she met.
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Julie d’Aubigny. French Opera singer. Known to seduce girls and boys alike. Spectacular swordswoman. Have you ever read her name? But then again, this is history, long ago people who we didn’t watch flourish and succeed. Let’s try someone modern.
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So like, I just learned about a person from history named Julie d’Aubigny. Who is, without a doubt, one of the top ten coolest people in all of freaking history. She was a 17th Century French Bisexual Tavern Brawler, Actress, Opera Singer, Duelist, and total Absolute Badass Woman.