Early Modern Period (1500 – 1774 CE)

The Renaissance (1500 – 1700 CE)


  • March 18: Catalina de Erauso cuts her hair, disguises herself as a man, gives herself the name “Francisco de Loyola”, and escapes from the convent where she is being raised.


  • Holy Monday: Catalina de Erauso embarks for the New World, where she will live a very adventurous life committing numerous crimes.


  • Julie d’Aubigny, now a renowned opera singer in Paris, is challenged to a duel by three men after kissing a woman at a ball. She bests all three — and is pardoned by the king of France because the laws against dueling only apply to men.

Age of Enlightenment (1700 – 1774 CE)