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Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius of Loyola

Founder of the Jesuits (Library of World Biography Series)

John Donnelly

Nov 2003, Paperback, 208 pages
ISBN13: 9780321086181
ISBN10: 032108618X
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This biography highlights the life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and his work founding the Jesuit order during the Reformation Era.

The titles in the new Library of World Biography series make ideal supplements for World History survey courses or other courses in the history curriculum where figures in history are explored. Paperback, brief and inexpensive, each interpretative biography in this series focuses on a figure whose actions and ideas significantly influenced the course of World history, and relates the life of its subject to the broader themes and developments of the times.

Editor's Preface.
Author's Preface: Loyola and the Reformation Era.

I. Introduction: Loyola and the Reformation Era.
II. The Early Life of a Basque Nobleman.
III. The Conversion of a Courtier.
IV. From Barcelona to Jerusalem and Back.
V. Student Years at Barcelona, Alcalá and Salamanca, 1524-1528.
VI. The University of Paris, 1528-1535.
VII. Loyola Returns to Spain.
VIII. From Venice to Rome, 1536-1540.
IX. The Spiritual Exercises.
X. “To Go to All Parts of the World.”
XI. Loyola as General of the Jesuits.
XII. The Rhythm of Life at Rome.
XIII. Loyola, the Jesuits and Education.
XIV. Loyola, the Jesuits and Women.
XV. Opponents of Loyola and the Jesuits.
XVI. Loyola's Roman Writings.
XVII. Going Home.

A Note on the Sources.

  • Presents Loyola's life story via the three distinct periods of his life: as a boyhood page and young courtier; his travels as a pilgrim and his religious development; and as superior general of the Jesuits in Rome.
  • Illustrates the significance of Loyola's two most important contributions to the spread of Christianity: The Spiritual Exercises and the founding of the Society of Jesus.
  • Documents Loyola's time as a student in Paris and the impact of the schooling and of his companions and recruits.
  • Gives a perspective of the 16th Century Europe in which Loyola lived and the wars and events that shaped his political framework.
  • Presents the relationship of Loyola to his political and religious adversaries and the obstacles that he faced.