Miguel De Cervantes’ Remains Discovered In Spain

Miguel de Cervantes’ remains were reportedly discovered in a Spanish crypt. The infamous Don Quixote author was originally buried in Madrid’s Barefoot Trinitarians convent. However, the casket was moved to an unknown location during a 17th century renovation. More then 360 years later, archaeologists believe they found Miguel de Cervantes’ remains.

It is unclear whether Miguel de Cervantes received a formal education. However, he developed a keen interest in reading and writing at an early age. As reported by Biography, de Cervantes published his first work, in a book of poetry, at the age of 22.

Although he displayed a unique talent, de Cervantes took a break from writing to serve in a Spanish military unit.

Unfortunately, the young soldier was severely wounded during a battle against the Ottoman Empire. In addition to suffering several chest wounds, Miguel de Cervantes’ left hand was injured beyond repair.

After serving five years, de Cervantes attempted to return home. However, during the journey, he was captured by Turkish troops. He was held prisoner and treated as a slave for a period of five years. Following his release, Miguel de Cervantes resumed his writing. Although he published one novel and several screenplays, he work received modest reviews.

In 1605, de Cervantes published the first portion of his most famous work — Don Quixote. As the book was a great success, he published the second portion in 1615. The famed author died the following year at the age of 69.

As reported by USA Today, Miguel de Cervantes’ remains were buried in the convent per his request. Unfortunately, his casket was misplaced during the extensive renovation.

Early this year, archaeologists discovered a tomb in the sub-soil near the convent. Anthropologist Almudena Garcia Rubio said positive identification will be difficult, as the remains were not preserved. However, he is fairly certain de Cervantes was buried in the tomb.

“… we are sure what the historical sources say is the burial of Miguel de Cervantes and the other people buried with him is what we have found.”

Investigator Luis Avial said Miguel de Cervantes’ remains will be reburied “with full honors” inside the convent. The investigator said “Cervantes asked to be buried there and there he should stay.”

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