Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (c.1547 - 1616) MP

public profile

5

Matches

0 0 5
Adds more complete birth date.

View Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's complete profile:

  • See if you are related to Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • Request to view Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's family tree

Share

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Alcala de Henares, Community of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Death: Died in Barrio de Las Letras, Madrid de los Austrias, España
Cause of death: Diabetes
Occupation: Novelist, poet, playwright, soldier
Managed by: Yigal Burstein / יגאל בורשטיין
Last Updated:

About Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Born 1547 (day unknown); died 22 April 1616) was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus, Don Quixote, considered 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 ("the language of Cervantes"). He was dubbed El Príncipe de los Ingenios ("The Prince of Wits").

Life

It is assumed that Miguel de Cervantes was born in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. The exact date of his birth is not known, but it is probable that he was born on September 29, the feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel, given the tradition to name a child with the name of the feast day of his birth. Cervantes was baptized in Alcalá de Henares on October 9, 1549, at the parish church of Santa María la Mayor. The baptismal act read:

   Sunday, the ninth day of the month of October, the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred forty and seven years, Miguel is crowned and baptized, son of Rodrigo Cervantes and his wife doña Lenore. Baptized by the reverend sir Bartolomé Serrano, priest of Our Lady. Witnesses, Baltasar Vázquez, Sacristan, and I, who baptized him and signed this in my name. — Bachelor Serrano

His father was Rodrigo de Cervantes, a surgeon of Galician descent. At the time, a surgeon was not a medical doctor, but a lesser medical practitioner with no exact equivalent in modern English-speaking countries. His paternal grandfather, Juan de Cervantes, was an influential lawyer who held several administrative positions. His uncle was mayor of Cabra for many years. Little is known of his mother, Leonor de Cortinas, except that she was a native of Arganda del Rey. His siblings were Andrés (1543), Andrea (1544), Luisa (1546), Rodrigo (1550), Magdalena (1554) and Juan - known solely because he is mentioned in his father's will.

A specialist in Sephardic history and culture, Historian Abraham Haim believes that Miguel de Cervantes’ classic "Don Quixote de la Mancha" is the product of "the silence experienced by a Jewish soul." made the comment during a lecture "Traces of Judaism in Don Quixote" organized by Casa Sefarad-Israel in Madrid at the Cervantes Institute. This institute is a worldwide cultural organization created by the Spanish government in 1991 to promote the study and the teaching of Spanish language and culture. Citing several examples, Haim stated that "Don Quixote" contains numerous references to the Kabbalah and Jewish traditions, and that the only possible explanation for this would be that the author belonged to a family of "Conversos",

Read more

Images and media from Commons of Miguel de Cervantes ----------------- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (¿Alcalá de Henares?, 29 de septiembre de 1547 – Madrid, 22 de abril1 de 1616) fue un soldado, novelista, poeta y dramaturgo español. Es considerado una de las máximas figuras de la literatura española y universalmente conocido por haber escrito Don Quijote de la Mancha, que muchos críticos han descrito como la primera novela moderna y una de las mejores obras de la literatura universal. Se le ha dado el sobrenombre de «Príncipe de los Ingenios». El lugar de nacimiento de Miguel de Cervantes no está establecido con absoluta certeza, considerándose como más probable que naciera en Alcalá de Henares, dado que allí fue bautizado, según su acta de bautismo, y que de allí manifestó ser natural en la llamada Información de Argel (1580). El día exacto de su nacimiento es desconocido, aunque es probable que naciera el 29 de septiembre, fecha en que se celebra la fiesta del arcángel San Miguel, dada la tradición de recibir el nombre del santoral. Miguel de Cervantes fue bautizado en Alcalá de Henares (España) el 9 de octubre de 1547, en la parroquia de Santa María la Mayor.

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_de_Cervantes_Saavedra

view all

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's Timeline

1547
September 29, 1547
Alcala de Henares, Community of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
1582
1582
Age 34
1584
December 12, 1584
Age 37
España
1616
April 22, 1616
Age 68
Barrio de Las Letras, Madrid de los Austrias, España
????
Madrid, España