The original version of this Autobiografía de Ignacio de Loyola was dictated and shelved for 150 years. It is an important piece regarding spiritual exercises of the Jesuits. The author explains the origin of his devotion. based on a war wound that nearly proved fatal, that forced him into a long recovery. During this time, he delved deeply into Vita Christi y un libro de la vida de los Santos en romance and Flos Sanctorum.
San Ignacio de Loyola was the youngest of eight brothers and three sisters. He fought against the French in northern Castile at a very young age, only to have his military career cut short by a cannonball injury to his leg. The recovery was long and painful, and during his convalescence he read religious texts that altered the course of his life.