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May 20, 2011 / jmeuropeana

Ignatius de Loyola, Abraham Ortelius

On the 20th of May –

In 1521 Ignatius of Loyola was severely injured at the Battle of Pamplona, during the Italian War of 1521-1526. A French cannon ball shattered his leg. During his long recovery he decided to become a priest,a nd eventually founded the ‘Society of Jesus‘, better known as the Jesuits.
In Eurpeana we have a lot of material about him – even an actual unspecified bodypart of him (or so the people who venerate relics would maintain):
Reliek H. Ignatius van Loyola

Ignatius de Loyola

His major work is the ‘Spritual Excercises‘:
Exercitia Espiritualia Ignatij de Loyola

In 1570 Abraham Ortelius issued his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (‘Theatre of the world’), the first modern atlas. It was printed at the workshop of Gillis Coppens van Diest. Later editions were issued by Plantijn.
In Europeana we have several of its grand maps such as this one of Spain:
Regni Hispaniae post omnium editiones locupletissima descriptio
And a complete edition from 1584:
Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

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