Miguel de Cervantes, a Spanish novelist, poet and playwright, was born at Alcalá de Henares near La Mancha in 1547. 
He spent many years as a traveller and adventurer but eventually, when quite mature in years, he settled down and started writing – he had to write right handed because he had lost the use of his left hand during a skirmish in Italy! 

His best-known work was his novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha”, which is considered by many to be the first modern novel even though it was written 400 years ago! At any rate it is certainly one of the greatest works in Western literature – it is one of Encyclopaedia Britannica’s “Great Books of the Western World” and is one of the most translated works of all time.

Cervantes wrote many other literary works including plays, poems, novels and short stories. Included among his finest work is “Exemplary Tales” which the literary world regards as er… exemplary!

Considering Cervantes status as the most important figure in Spanish literature it is interesting to note that he died on the same date as William Shakespeare – April 23 1616!

Cervantes lived for several years in Valladolid – his house, ‘Casa de Cervantes’, is open to the public.
more blogs by Robert Bovington…
“Photographs of Spain”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“bits and bobs”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

About Robert Bovington

Robert Bovington is an English writer of travel books. These include “Spanish Matters” and “Spanish Impressions” Robert Bovington was born in Brighton, East Sussex, the son of Leonard and Audrey Bovington. He is the first-born and has eight siblings – six brothers and two sisters. Having worked for many years in both the telecommunications industry and the teaching profession, Robert wanted to take on new challenges. He and Diane decided to relocate to Spain and, in 2003, the couple moved to Roquetas de Mar in sunny Andalucía. However, lazing on the beach was not Robert's idea of fun - he wanted to explore his new homeland. It didn't stop there! He was so impressed with Spain, its countryside, its historic cities and its culture that it inspired him to write about his experiences. Robert Bovington has been married to Diane for over thirty years. They have no children. However, Robert’s short marriage to Helene resulted in twin daughters Carole and Sheila. The author is also a grandfather and great grandfather. Robert met Diane when both belonged to the Crescent Operatic Society. Music is one of the author’s great passions. At primary school he sang in a choir in a concert of Bach and Handel. Another of his interests is football and for many years he supported Brighton & Hove Albion home and away. His favourite premiership team is Arsenal. Other interests include information technology, writing and ten-pin bowling.
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