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Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), Spanish saint, founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). After a spiritual conversion, Loyola studied theology between 1524 and 1537. In 1539 he and his followers founded the Society of Jesus. The Society became a religious order and Loyola its first Superior General. He was canonised in 1622. Artwork from the 1922 edition of 'The Jesuits in North America in the Seventeenth Century' (1867) by the US historian Francis Parkman (1823-1893). This was the second volume in Parkman's seven-volume work 'France and England in North America' (1865-1892). The copyright date given here is 1897.
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