A Soldier Is Prepared: Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Acareer military soldier for early sixteenth-century Spain, Igna­tius of Loyola would be forever impacted by his defending the Citadel of Pamplona. During this battle with the French, he was struck by a cannon ball, which badly broke one of his legs and injured the other. When he went down, his garrison surrendered. Ignatius was admired and respected not only by his men, but also by his French victors. French field doctors nursed him for about two weeks and then transported him by stretcher (a ten-day trip across rugged terrain) to one of his family’s holdings, a castle at Loyola.

A Soldier Is Prepared: Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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