Friday, 27 February 2015

Coffin with the initials of Miguel de Cervantes ( Don Quixote )




Historians are looking grave of one of the most famous Spanish writers, Miguel de Cervantes, announced Monday that found in the chapel of a church in Madrid fragments of a coffin engraved initials novelist, Reuters informs.

Don Quixote (/ˌdɒn kiːˈhoʊtiː/; Spanish: [ˈdoŋ kiˈxote] ( listen)), fully titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha (Spanish: El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha), is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. It follows the adventures of a nameless hidalgo (at the end of Part II given the name Alonso Quixano) who reads so many chivalric novels that he loses his sanity and decides to set out to revive chivalry, undo wrongs, and bring justice to the world, under the name Don Quixote. He recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza, as his squire, who often employs a unique, earthy wit in dealing with Don Quixote's rhetorical orations on antiquated knighthood. Don Quixote, in the first part of the book, does not see the world for what it is, and prefers to imagine that he is living out a knightly story. The story implements various themes, such as intertextuality, realism, metatheatre, and literary representation.


Published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615, Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature,[citation needed] and one of the earliest canonical novels, it regularly appears high on lists of the greatest works of fiction ever published, such as the Bokklubben World Library collection which cites Don Quixote as authors' choice for the "best literary work ever written",[1] and has been translated into more languages than any book other than the Bible. It has had major influence on the literary community, as evidenced by direct references in Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers (1844) and Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884).

Four centuries after the death of the creator of the character Don Quixote, historians and archaeologists are trying to locate the tomb of the famous Spanish writer and hopes that a formal identification of the place where he was buried will attract many tourists and "pilgrims" culture.

Researchers have begun to use a new generation radar in April 2014 to explore the basement of an ancient church located in central Madrid, where the writer asked to be buried.

Monday, scientists announced they had found some bones and fragments of a coffin. On one of the fragments, the two metal clips are engraved the letters "M" and "C".

Spanish anthropologists and forensic experts but urges caution, insisting that analysis is only at an early stage.

"We can confirm that I discovered Cervantes no guarantee that this is the coffin of Cervantes. The reality is this: I found a coffin in an advanced state of deterioration and several bones in a corner of the tomb," said Francisco Etxeberria in a press conference.

At least seven tombs were discovered in the basement of that church, but only two of them were open yet.


One of the greatest writers of the "Golden Century" Spanish Cervantes died, penniless, on April 22, 1616 and was buried the next day, according to documents the era, in this church next to a monastery, whose architecture was modified several times since then.

Several nuns living in the convent, included in the cultural heritage of Madrid since 1921, which makes it difficult to start archaeological excavations without a precise location.

Born in 1547, the university town of Alcala de Henares, near Madrid, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a novelist, poet and playwright, considered a symbol of Spanish literature.

It is primarily known as the author of the novel "El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha" ("Hidalgo" is a representative of the gentry), considered the first modern European novel and one of the most valuable works of world literature, originally published in two parts, published in 1605 or 1615. Miguel de Cervantes was nicknamed "Prince ingenuity".

UNESCO declared in 1995, on April 23 - the date of the death of Miguel de Cervantes - World Book Day and Copyright.

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