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The Jesuit Interest in the Art of War

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The Jesuit interest in the art of war seems to have originated in the violence and bloodshed that marked the early life of Ignatius of Loyola, who in 1552 used his still active military mind to draw up a grand plan for the defence of Catholic Europe against Ottoman aggression. After Ignatius' death, the militant nature of the Jesuit Order that he founded was expressed in the preaching and confessional skills of many leading Jesuits. Their efforts were now aimed at convincing the Catholic leaders of the time to unite and launch a new crusade against the Protestant threat, culminating in the so-called Thirty Years War. More directly, Jesuit militancy in the Baroque age was expressed in the teaching of the mathematical disciplines when it became customary for the mathematicus to teach military architecture in the many colleges and seminaries for nobles run by the Jesuit Order.

Keywords:Baroque age; Ignatius of Loyola; Jesuit; mathematicus



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