A Man Called Cervantes Author:Bruno Frank From back cover: King of Adventurers, Prince of Lovers--- — He came from the village of La Mancha in Spain, and the fury of his quest for glory and the tempest of his passions thrust him into the farthers reaches of the known world. From the golden palaces of kings to the blood-washed decks of Turkish galleys, from the sultry arms of bagnio girl... more »s to the ghastly slave markets of the Barbary Coast, Miguel de Cervantes---royal intimate, royal prisoner, rogue, soldier, lover extraordinaire---a larger-than-life figure as sweeping as the events in which he carved his fame, as magnificent as the age through which he fought and loved his way to greatness.
The back cover blurb is a bit effusive!
This is a novelized biography of Miguel de Cervantes. Many facts about his life are unknown, some are famous. Miguel de Cervantes lived during the reign of Philip of Spain. Philip was the king who, in spite of the riches of the New World which flowed galleon by galleon into the Spanish treasury, beggared the country in his zeal to keep the world Catholic, loosing the Inquisition on any who disputed his beliefs.
Cervantes was first of all a Spaniard, loyal to family and friends, eager for glory and renown, which came only at the end of his life.
He was never rich and went hungry more than once, was enslaved by the Turks after the ship he traveled on was attacked by corsairs. Finally returned home, he was imprisoned for debts--most likely trumped-up accusations. While in prison he started writing that most famous and quintessentially Spanish novel, Don Quixote de la Mancha.« less