This volume contains 15 studies on movements of religious reform and the literary conventions of the period from 1491 to 1591. It concentrates on the life and writing of Ignatius Loyola and the writings of John of the Cross.
St Ignatius Loyola: Ignatius of Loyola and the Counter-Reformation - the hagiographic tradition; St Ignatius Loyola and Sanish Erasmianism; Erasmus, Ignatius Loyola, and orthodoxy; Melcher Cano and the spirituality of St Ignatius Loyola; Melcher Cano's "Censura y parecer contra el Instituto de los Padres Jesuitas" - a transcription of the British Library manuscript. The spiritual exercises: the spiritual exercises and the crisis of medieval piety; the structual unity of the "Exercitatorio de la vida Spiritual"; the exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola and the "Exercitatorio de la Vida Spiritual"; Saint Ignatius Loyola and castles in Palestine. Spirituality and literature: the Erasmianism of Lazarillo de Tormes; the Ode to Francisco Salinas; courtly love and mysticism in Spanish poetry of the Golden Age. St John of the Cross: St John of the Cross and the traditions of monastic exegesis; the literary and devotional context of the Pastorcico; the "Cantico Espiritual" of Saint John of the Cross and the mystical interpretation of the "Song of Songs".