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Four centuries later, Cervantes intrigues and enchantsHe is best known for "Don Quixote," but the eventful life of Spain's revered author Miguel de Cervantes was just as intriguing as any adventures of the delusional wannabe knight of his famous novel. Cervantes – whose death on April 22, 1616, will be commemorated in Spain this week just as Britain marks the passing of Shakespeare 400 years ago – survived a sea battle, capture by pirates, a five-year detention in Algiers and several stints in prison. Cervantes went on deck to fight anyway, ending up shot in the chest and in the left hand, which he would never again be able to use.After recovering from his wounds, Cervantes continued to participate in a number of military campaigns until deciding to return to Spain in 1575 . In 1584, Cervantes had a daughter with one woman – his only offspring – before marrying another who was nearly 20 years his junior.
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