The greatest of Spanish writers, Cervantes, was born at Alcala de Henares, and baptized in the otherwise insignificant church of S.
Cervantes was undoubtedly present, and had his left hand shattered by a Turkish bullet.
The truth of the matter, however, has been expressed by Cervantes, through the mouth of the Canon in Don Quixote: " There is no doubt there was such a man as the Cid, but much doubt whether he achieved what is attributed to him."
Manzanares is one of the chief towns of La Mancha, and thus in the centre of the district described by Cervantes in Don Quixote.
The feelings with which they were regarded are admirably shown by Cervantes (who shared them to the full) in his "Conversation of the Two Dogs."