(Itxu Diaz’s article appeared in the Daily Beast, 3/29.)

You may not have noticed amid all the hoopla about Richard III’s cadaver, but Spain has dug up a national hero as well.

MADRID — An important forensic investigation in Spain recently confirmed that bones buried in Madrid’s Trinitarian Convent belong to the author of Don Quixote, who died poor and forgotten almost 400 years ago.

One wouldn’t want to spoil a good headline. “Cervantes has appeared! Cervantes has appeared!” proclaimed the papers. But the bad news was, well, he’s dead. And that’s just about the only thing on which all the forensic scientists actually agreed.


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