This book offers a fascinating look at the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). His first career as a knight was cut short by a serious cannonball wound. After studying in Spain and France, Ignatius gathered a group of students around him. They became the first members of the Society of Jesus which was recognized as an order in 1840. W. W. Meisser examines Ignatius's authoritarianism, narcissism, charisma, mystical raptures, and interest in religious education.