Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Biography

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, often known mononymously as Cervantes, was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright.

His magnum opus, Don Quixote, considered to be the first modern European novel, is a classic of Western literature, and is regarded amongst the best works of fiction ever written. His influence on the Spanish language has been so great that the language is often called la lengua de Cervantes. He was dubbed El Príncipe de los Ingenios.

In 1569, Cervantes moved to Rome where he worked as chamber assistant of a cardinal. Cervantes then enlisted as a soldier in a Spanish Navy infantry regiment and continued his military life until 1575, when he was captured by Algerian corsairs. After 5 years of captivity he was released by his captors on ransom from his parents and the Trinitarians, a Catholic religious order and he subsequently returned to his family in Madrid.

In 1585, Cervantes published a pastoral novel named La Galatea. He worked as a purchasing agent for the Spanish Armada, and later as a tax collector. In 1597, discrepancies in his accounts of three years previous landed him in the Crown Jail of Seville. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Nationality:
Spain
Profession:
Poet, Writer, Novelist, Playwright, Librettist, Soldier
Ethnicity:
Castilian people
Date of Birth:
September 29, 1547
Astrological Sign:
Libra
Date of Death:
April 22, 1616
Age at Death:
68
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra Timeline
  • 1605-01-06
    The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid.
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