Category Archives: Cervantes

Cervantes Leaves His Pretty Wife and Looks for a Job

A few days after his wedding Cervantes must already have suspected that he had made a mistake. His wife was cheerful and  pretty and passably wealthy but he couldn’t stand her little town. How was he going to spend the … Continue reading

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Don Quijote’s Evil Giants

When you first see the windmills on the great hill of Consuegra you will remember Don Quijote. He thought they weren’t windmills but evil giants standing haughtily in front of him; and he bravely tilted his lance and charged. They … Continue reading

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Cervantes’ House Restored

Miguel de Cervantes is considered the greatest Spanish author—the Shakespeare of Spanish letters. People who go to England make the excursion, the pilgrimage, to Stratford-on-Avon, to see Shakespeare’s house. Who goes to see Cervantes’? Few. Where is it? Not far … Continue reading

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Islam in Spain

Córdoba–the Roman Bridge and the Great Mosque by James (Jim) Gordon A long turn in the road and then great Córdoba, shining Córdoba, appears far down across the plain: “lejana y sola”, as in the Lorca poem,  far off and … Continue reading

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A Great Story by Cervantes

Rinconete and Cortadillo is one of the best of Cervantes’ short stories. Two raggedy kids coincide at an inn on the road to Seville. “What is your trade?” one asks the other as they lay in the shade at siesta … Continue reading

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Cervantes y los Piratas

Cervantes dió por terminada su carrera militar. Había conocido la famosa acción bélica de Lepanto, pero también la agotadora inacción de los cuarteles. Estaba en los mejores años de su vida y había decidido volver a casa y convertirse en … Continue reading

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Pirates Capture Cervantes

Cervantes had had enough of soldiering. He had seen some famous action in Lepanto but much more inaction on marches and in barracks. He was in the best years of his life and now he had made up his mind … Continue reading

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