Brief biography of Miguel de Cervantes, author of "Don Quixote"

Brief biography of Miguel de Cervantes, author of


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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, author of «Don Quijote of La Mancha", born in Alcala de Henares, Spain, in October 1547.

His father Rodrigo Cervantes he was a surgeon and his mother, "a noble peasant from Toledo”, In the author's own words.

From his studies it is known with certainty those carried out in Madrid with the professor Juan López de Hoyos, who acknowledged his literary concerns. In 1569 he moved to Rome, where he was in the service of the Cardinal Giulio Acquaviva.

He participated in the famous battle of Lepanto, where was it injured, and lost the usefulness of his left hand. This is where his nickname comes from «The one-armed of Lepanto«.

Again he moved to Italy and in 1575, back to Spain, he was captured by Algerian pirates. He was held captive in Algiers for five years.

In 1584 he contracted marriage with Catalina de Salazar and a year later he published his first work, «The galatea".

He moved to Seville where for financial irregularities he was imprisoned for three months. In Valladolid he is again taken to jail for the murder of the lover of his natural daughter, although in a short time he is free.

In 1608 he moved to Madrid, the city where died in 1616.

Works by Cervantes

The production literary of Miguel de Cervantes is extensive: poetry, novels, hors d'oeuvres, comedies and of course your masterpiece, «The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quijote of La Mancha", which he presented in two parts, the first in 1605 and the second in 1615.

The Spain of Miguel de Cervantes

By locating Cervantes within the History of Spanish Culture we do it in the "Century of Gold"Or more appropriately in the"Golden age”.

The chronology of this period covers more than one hundred years and historically includes the Renaissance framed in the 16th century and the Baroque framed in the 17th century.

In their teens, Miguel de Cervantes know the Triumphal Spain of Carlos V and in his youth and maturity, he lives the triumphs and defeats of Philip II.

He is a witness, already in his old age, of the prostration of knightly and glorious Spain in the hands of Philip III.

The life of Cervantes unfolds between the transition from the apogee of the 16th century and the crisis of the 17th century in Spain.

I was born in the plains of the Aragua state of Venezuela in 1960. I grew up in a united and hard-working family in the company of seven siblings, I being the third in line of succession. I studied at the Pedagogical University of Caracas, nucleus of the Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador and I obtained the title of Specialist Professor in Spanish and Literature, Maternal Language Mention. I did postgraduate studies at the Santa María University, Magister in Management title. I got married and had five children, all adults. I work for the Ministry of Education as a teacher of Middle and Diversified Education and in the Ministry of Higher Education in the Area of ​​Spanish Language. I am currently on a leave of absence pending retirement.


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