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Don Quixote and the invention of doubt

He was the first European character who questioned his own motives

By Miranda France   April 2016

Two fans dressed as Don Quixote (left) and his sidekick Sancho Panza in Spain last year © Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Honouring national heroes may not come easily to the British, but the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death on 23rd April is surely one day when we can kick up our heels and sing “Hey Nonny” without shame. There is no other Briton of whom we can feel so straightforwardly…

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