Interesting and somewhat creepy news from Madrid –– Researchers have apparently found the remains of Miguel de Cervantes — 399 years after his death –and are sifting through bones.
A team of forensic scientists in Madrid say they have located the remains of Spanish novelist, poet and playwright Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547 1616), but have stopped short of a definitive identification given the lack of DNA evidence…(EL PAIS in ENGLISH] [EL PAIS IN SPANISH]
Toward the end of his great masterpiece, Don Quixote, Cervantes issues a warning to grave robbers in Don Quixote’s name that could serve as an admonition as well to current day meddlers:
If by chance you come to know him, be warned, leave be the weary and long-moldering bones of Don Quixote, and make no move, against all the privileges of death, to carry them unto Old Castille, making him rise from the
grave where in reality and truth he lies extended at full length, powerless to make any third expedition or new departure….” Don Quixote [Part II Chapter 74]
“si acaso llegas a conocerle, que deje reposar en la sepultura los cansados y ya podridos huesos de don Quijote, y no le quiera llevar, contra todos los fueros de la muerte, a Castilla la Vieja, haciéndole salir de la fuesa donde real y verdaderamente yace tendido de largo a largo, imposibilitado de hacer tercera jornada y salida nueva…” El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha [II, Cap. 74]