That same year, he enlisted as a solider in the Spanish Navy, where he fought in the Battle of Lepanto against the Ottoman Empire in 1571.
Cervantes was shot twice in the chest and once in the left hand, an injury that was to leave the hand numb for the rest of his life and garnered him the nickname "el manco de Lepanto," the one-handed man from Lepanto. In fact, seven years of his late youth are completely undocumented.
Making certain that there was no one in the house one day, he went out for the afternoon.
Upon his return, although the windows were still locked and unbroken and the door had not been forced, he discovered a thief in his house robbing it.
So said Robert Streeter and Robert Hoehn, two self-styled intelligence experts in the Thirties, who set out to discover clever people by publishing a book posing devilishly difficult brain-teasers for members of the general public.
At age 22, he left Spain for Rome to serve as a valet to Cardinal Giulio Acquaviva, presumably fleeing a Spanish arrest warrant.
The English bard was born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Miguel de Cervantes is 17 years Shakespeare's senior: He was born in 1547 in Alcala de Henares, a town near Madrid.
Ryan, a Canadian comedian who’ll be familiar to anybody who’s watched virtually any panel show, began Monday’s opening episode at the Shropshire pile owned by Steve Smith, the founder of Poundland.
At first, the gratifying vulgarity of the décor seemed to offer us the promising chance for a good sneer.