Homosexuality & Civilization

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Julie d’Aubigny (1670–1707), otherwise known as La Maupin, was a duellist and opera singer in 17th century France. Before debuting as Pallas Athena in Cadmus et Hermione at age twenty, she was known for dressing in male clothes and provoking well-known noblemen into swordfights, of which she often won.
Although the court had her married to Sieur de Maupin, she was almost always absent from his presence and had affairs with fellow opera singers Marie Le Rochois and Fanchon Moreau, who was also the mistress of the Great Dauphin, son of Louis XIV.
Due to laws against dueling, she had to leave France on more than one occasion, although she always returned to the opera as a famed bas-dessus (contralto). She retired from singing in 1705 and died in Provence two years later at age thirty-seven from unknown causes.

Julie d’Aubigny (1670–1707), otherwise known as La Maupin, was a duellist and opera singer in 17th century France. Before debuting as Pallas Athena in Cadmus et Hermione at age twenty, she was known for dressing in male clothes and provoking well-known noblemen into swordfights, of which she often won.

Although the court had her married to Sieur de Maupin, she was almost always absent from his presence and had affairs with fellow opera singers Marie Le Rochois and Fanchon Moreau, who was also the mistress of the Great Dauphin, son of Louis XIV.

Due to laws against dueling, she had to leave France on more than one occasion, although she always returned to the opera as a famed bas-dessus (contralto). She retired from singing in 1705 and died in Provence two years later at age thirty-seven from unknown causes.

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