A woman licks a statue of Sancho Panza underneath a state of Don Quixote at a monument that honours Miguel de Cervantes, one of Spain’s most important literary figures and author of the famous novel, Don Quixote, at Madrid’s Plaza de Espana. Photograph: Susana Vera / Reuters

He may be one of Spain’s literary heroes, but during his life four centuries ago, Miguel de Cervantes could have been considered something of “(...)