In Search of Miguel de Cervantes’s Remains

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, escritor

MADRID (AP) — Miguel de Cervantes, Spain’s greatest writer, was a soldier of little fortune. He died broke in Madrid, his body riddled with bullets. His burial place was a tiny convent church no larger than the entrance hall of an average house.

No more was heard of the 16th century author until the rediscovery of a novel featuring an eccentric character called Don Quixote rescued him from oblivion.

By then, nobody could remember where his grave was. Four centuries later, Spain intends to do the great man justice.

A team that will search for Cervantes’s remains began exploratory work Monday and final conclusions — should the search succeed — will be known by the year’s end. The estimated cost of the operation is 100,000 euros ($138,000).

A three-phase search will take place over some 200 square meters (240 sq. yards) at the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in Madrid’s historic Barrio de las Letras — or Literary Quarter.

When Cervantes moved to Spain’s capital in 1606 he had already published the novel that was to change Spanish literature: “The Adventures of the Ingenious Nobleman Don Quixote of La Mancha.”

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~ by eneryvibes on 1,April 29, 2014.

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