It is well known Cervantes’ participation in the Battle of Lepanto. In 1571, he and his brother Rodrigo boarded on the galley Marquesa to fight with the Christian troops of the Holy League, which would fight against the Ottoman Turks. Miguel was seriously wounded: he was shot twice in the chest and once in the arm. From then on he was known as the ‘One-armed man from Lepanto’. Once the war was over and the brothers had become ‘excellent soldiers’, they both returned to Spain. Miguel brought two letters of recommendation, signed by don Juan of Austria and the Duke of Sessa that, apparently, guaranteed him a promising future in the Indies or in the court. However, on the return journey to Spain they were captured by Berber corsairs on the Catalan coast and were taken to a prison in Algiers. Rodrigo was rescued in 1577 but Miguel had to suffer incarceration until September 1580. Cervantes was able to leave Algiers and return to Spain after five years in captivity and four escape attempts.