Madrid begins the search for the remains of Cervantes

Madrid begins the search for the remains of Cervantes

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Spanish researchers have begun the search for the remains of the well-known writer Miguel de Cervantes. Although his work "The Adventures of the Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote”Was recognized as a masterpiece from the first moment of its publication in 1605, the mortal remains of its author rest in an unnamed grave in the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarian of Madrid.

However, this was not always the case, since since Cervantes' death on April 22, 1616, he was buried in a duly marked tomb. Cervantes was the one who chose to be buried in the convent, which was a short time from home. He chose it because of the deep bond of gratitude he felt for the Trinitarian Order.

In 1571, at the age of 24, Miguel de Cervantes joined the Spanish army and fought in the Battle of Lepanto, a battle between the Holy League of several European countries and the Ottoman Empire.

According to a contemporary report, Cervantes fought bravely, even when he was ill and with a fever. In the course of the confrontation, they shot him three times, twice in the chest and once in the left arm. The latter broke his radius and ulna, in addition to cutting a nerve, leaving his left arm almost motionless. After a six-month convalescence, he fought several battles in the Mediterranean.

In 1575 his ship was attacked by Algerian pirates and Cervantes was taken prisoner. For five years he was a slave in Algiers. He made several unsuccessful escape attempts, until he was rescued in 1580.

His family almost went bankrupt to raise funds to rescue him and his younger brother, Rodrigo; in fact they would not have been able to meet the expenses without the help of the Trinitarians. The Order of the Holy Trinity for the Redemption of the Captives was founded in the late 12th century, when Christians captured during the Crusades were rescued.

Thus, Cervantes felt a deep gratitude, which led him to want to spend eternity in the Trinitarian convent.

Unfortunately, in 1673 the convent was rebuilt and expanded and the remains of Cervantes, along with those of many other people, were unearthed during construction and reburied when the reform was completed, but this time without names to indicate who was in which grave.

The city will benefit economically from the possibility that tourists can visit the grave of the greatest writer in Spain, but this is not the only motivation to find the remains of Cervantes.

He is also a world-famous figure and today there are adequate methods to find him and give him a worthy burial. Fernando de Pardo, historian in charge of the project, says: “He has given us so much, we will at least try to do something to put his name on a stone, to differentiate it from a nameless grave”.

This Monday, the dozen cloistered nuns who live in the convent left their homes for the technicians to begin sweeping the foundations and walls. At least 15 people have been buried in the convent, so when remains are found, there is a possibility that they are not the author.

His war wounds and dental damage can be instrumental in identifying his body.

Researchers believe that if they find the author's remains they might be able to do a facial reconstruction to give us a confirmed portrait of Miguel de Cervantes. Modern research does not accept portraits of him.

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