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Miguel De Cervantes’ Remains Found In Spain

Archaeologists in Spain believe they have found the remains of the great Miguel de Cervantes. He died in 1616 and was rumored to have been buried in the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in Madrid’s Barrio de las Letras but until now no one had actually located his tomb. The Archaeologists found a coffin with the initials “MC” carved on it. Cervantes’ skeleton would show signs of battle wounds. He was famously injured at the Battle of Lepanto against the Ottoman Turks where he was shot twice in the chest and once in the hand. Anthropologist Francisco Etxeberria is examining the skeleton to test that it is in fact Cervantes. If it does turn out to be him it would solve a centuries old mystery.

Cervantes wrote what is considered by many to be the greatest work in Spanish ever written, “The Adventures of the Ingenious Nobleman Don Quixote of La Mancha”. The stories of the crazy knight and his squire Sancho Panza are as iconic in the Spanish speaking world as Hamlet is in England. Cervantes was little appreciated in his day and died penniless, hence why he was buried without much to do. In the centuries since he has turned into the “Shakespeare of Spain” in the eyes of many. If it does turn out to be Cervantes I’m sure the Spanish are going to build a huge tomb for him. Talk about a tourist attraction.

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