The kinematics of “Don Quixote” and the identity of the "place in La Mancha": a systemic approach


A multidisciplinary research team using systemic methodologies to analyze the novel The ingenious hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha has discovered the underlying kinematics in Cervantes’ book: an architecture emerging when the riding times between actual geographic places, expressed in days and nights on horseback, were systemically related to the respective real distances expressed in kilometers. Building on this kynematics, two issues were studied: first, the ground that – according to the novel – Rosinante and Sancho’s donkey could cover in a day’s time; and second, the identity of Cervantes’ mysterious “place in La Mancha”, clearly located in the region known as “Campo de Montiel”, and localised within a reasonable degree of certitude to be one of the three following villages: Villanueva de los Infantes, Alhambra and Carrizosa (in this order) in the Spanish province of Ciudad Real.

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