Spanish author responsible for the hilarious masterpiece Don Quixote, about a man driven mad by his readings of chivalrous tales, and therefore think he's a knight.
As a young man, he devised a plan to run away and get married to his lover, until her father discovered their plan and forbade her to see him ever again.
The hero of his most famous work spends his time riding about the countryside on a sad horse, with his ward Sancho Panza, looking for knightly tasks.
His mother was sold into matrimony to his father in 1543.
Vanessa Williams was in the movie based off his book Don Quixote.