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1. Read the “Introduction” first (pp. xxv to xliv) and then the “Foreword” (pp. vii to xxiv) and finally the “Translator’s Note,” (pp. xlv to xlviii). What made Catalina’s life more noteworthy: Dressing and passing as a man in the 1600s? Or challenging female gender norms by acting like a man?
2. How do Churches and Cathedrals as buildings and institutions of power serve both to confine and restrict Catalina’s life but also offer her sanctuary and protection during times of danger and crisis?
3. Explain how Catalina adopts a male sense of honor and demands respect that results in her becoming involved in several dangerous and deadly fights?
4. Despite killing several men, why do powerful people keep interceding to save Catalina from punishment, prison, and execution?
5. After a near death experience and receiving the comfort of a Bishop, what happened to Catalina once she revealed her true identity and how did people react to learning she was a woman?