Cervantes’ Tomb Discovered


The remains of famed author of Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes, have apparently been found in Madrid. In 2014, forensic analysts discovered bones which they speculated were those of the legendary author who died 400 years ago in 1616, the same week as William Shakespeare. The researchers have now purportedly confirmed that they have discovered the tomb of Cervantes in a tomb in a 17th century Madrid convent. Historians are planning to build an official burial site, as well as having a ceremony, neatly (and somewhat suspiciously) coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the author’s death. Cervantes’ Don Quixote, which follows the daydreaming titular character (who had a habit of attacking windmills) as well as his servant Sancho Panza and horse Rocinante, is considered one of the greatest works of literature in existence. Anecdotally, the book is also said to have helped spare the town El Toboso – the location of Quixote’s love Dulcinea – from destruction. Out of respect for the book, Napoleon’s troops, who invaded Spain, passed through the town without wreaking havoc.

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