Miguel de Cervantes
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"Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra"22 April 1616), often known mononymously as "Cervantes", was a castilian people/Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright.

His magnum opus, Don Quixote, considered to be the first modern European novel, is a classic of Western literature, and is regarded amongst the best works of fiction ever written. His influence on the Spanish language has been so great that the language is often called la lengua de Cervantes ("the language of Cervantes"). He was dubbed El Príncipe de los Ingenios ("The Prince of Wits").

In 1569, Cervantes moved to Rome where he worked as chamber assistant of a cardinal. Cervantes then enlisted as a soldier in a Spanish Navy Marines/Spanish Navy infantry regiment and continued his military life until 1575, when he was captured by Barbary pirates/Algerian corsairs. After 5 years of captivity he was released by his captors on ransom from his parents and the Trinitarians, a Catholic Church/Catholic religious order, and he subsequently returned to his family in Madrid.

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