- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Beacon Press; 1 edition (June 30, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807070734
- ISBN-13: 978-0807070734
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lieutenant Nun: Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World 1st Edition
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time. She's a swashbuckler and an eye level view of Spanish society in Peru in the 1600s. Historians believe that, mostly likely, much of this book was actually written by this remarkable person. I'd recommend it as an enjoyable and quick read offering a first hand view of the past.