Today I read a story about a bisexual woman Julie d’Aubigny (Title&stage name Mademoiselle Maupin). A famous singer, swordswoman, transvestism, bisexuality. She has an excellent life more than the story in novel.
Julie d’Abbigny was born in 1673 to Gaston d’Aubigny. She learned dancing, reading, drawing, and fencing and dressed as a boy from an early age. Singing and fencing is her favorite things and she is good at them. By the age of fourteen, she became a mistress of the Count d’Armagnac who had her married to Sieur de Maupin of Saint-Germain-en-Laye for one year.
In 1688, Madame de Maupin became involved with an assistant fencing master named Sérannes. When Lieutenant-General of Police tried to apprehend Sérannes for killing a man in an illegal duel, the pair fled the city to Marseille. To surviving, they have to perform singing and fencing on the way.
For convenience, Julie dressed as man. However, she never cover that she is a woman indeed. She meet a woman who is a daughter of a merchant prince in 1690, when she is showing in Marseille opera house. They begin the woman’s love with vigour and vitality. To obstructing their connection, the girl’s folk’s send her to the convent. When the girl’s parents put her away in the Visitandines convent in Avignon, Julie followed. In order to get her lover back, stole the body of a dead nun, placed it in her lover’s bed and set the room on fire so that they could escape together. But the plan didn’t work. They were captured at a farm village nearby and Julie killed one police and serious injury two polices.
Finally, Julie succeeded in breaking prison and fled to Paris. Soon after, she became very famous with her excellent voice, brilliant performance, wear men’s clothing and date with both woman and man. At a masked ball in 1695, Julie burst in and wearing man’s clothes with sword hung over her waist. She courted to the most beautiful girl in the masked ball.
After that Julie start a journey to Belgium, Spain and so on. She came back to Paris at 1698 and became chief actress of Paris Opera. She fall in love with Florensac marquise in the last years of life. In 1705, marquise pass away due to the sudden disease. Julie is very sad and say goodbye to the stage. Finally, Julie died in convent at 37 years old.
What a wonderful life of a bisexual woman it is. I almost cannot believe what she did in that age. She is fighting all the time for her life. She is a great woman, a great bisexual woman. I have to say that she has won my heart. I have fall in love with her even if she died for 300 years.