Jan Machielsen

in Martin Delrio

Published by British Academy

Published in print February 2015 | ISBN: 9780197265802
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191772009 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs


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This second, biographical chapter charts Martin Delrio’s career within the Society of Jesus until his death in 1608. Drawing on archival documents from Rome and elsewhere it seeks to make sense of a career that spanned the width and breadth of Europe. Many of Delrio’s surviving letters document numerous conflicts and disagreements with his superiors and could superficially be read as evidence of disobedience and a troubled relationship with authority. This chapter argues, however, that this is too facile a reading of the Ignatian ideal of obedience. Even so, Delrio’s itinerant existence suggests a mind that was not truly at peace anywhere.

Keywords: Jesuits; Society of Jesus; Ignatius of Loyola; Claudio Acquaviva; obedience; travel

Chapter.  11892 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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