Ignatius of Loyola was born on October 23, 1491, in Azpeitia, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain. He was a Spanish knight from a noble family, later a priest and theologian, and founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as Jesuits. He died on July 31, 1556, in Rome, of a Roman Fever.
This book represents an autobiography of St. Ignatius, which he dictated to Father Gonzalez. It is the most valuable record of him and his life. This book gives a detailed insight into the spiritual life of St. Ignatius. In his narrative, he always refers to himself in the third person. The idea of writing his own biography came from the biographies of St. Francis and St. Dominic.
This autobiography represents a valuable key to understanding the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, which were being kept in the archives for about 150 years.