It was supposed to be the end of a quest. 399 years after Miguel de Cervantes died, researchers in Madrid announced this March that they had found the author’s remains in an unmarked crypt. But perhaps fittingly for the creator of The Ingenious Don Quixote de la Mancha, this final chapter of Cervantes’ odyssey has spun out a dozen new side-stories to explore.
Here’s the simple version: the author’s bones were where everyone always thought they had been – in the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarian Nuns in Madrid. The father of the modern novel had requested to be buried here, and old records said the nuns had granted his request. But his bones were moved during a 17th century building project, and no one knew exactly where they ended up until now.