Today in the Middle Ages: October 9, 1547

Miguel de Cervantes, creator of Don Quixote and spiritual ancestor of thousands of SCAdians, was born on October 9, 1547. His Wikipedia entry says "he lived an unsettled life of hardship and adventure."

Cervantes is still the most famous Spanish literary figure and the only one widely known to non-Spanish speakers. Writing well after the heyday of chivalry, he created an iconic figure of idealism who continues to inspire.