Sara Dircxdochter

Sara Dircxdochter (died after 1550) was a Dutch transvestite.

Dircxdochter was sentenced, on 4 March 1550, to the pillory and to four years banishment, for posing as a man under the name Salomon Dircxzoon.[1] She was exposed when spending the night in a hostel for men, dressed as a man. Her case is notable as one of the first confirmed cases of a woman being sentenced and tried for posing as a man in Europe.

There was a previous case in France in 1535,[2] but most of the other cases of cross-dressing women in the Middle Ages are unconfirmed.[2]


  1. ^ "Digitaal Vrouwenlexicon van Nederland". (in Dutch). 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2017-05-14.
  2. ^ a b Rudolf Dekker & Lotte van de Pol (1995). Kvinnor i manskläder. En avvikande tradition. Europa 1500-1800. Stockholm: Östlings Bokförlag Symposion. ISBN 91-7139-245-9