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This Day In History: Battle Of Pamplona

This Day In History: Battle Of Pamplona

In July 1521, exactly 500 years in 2021, a 29-year-old Basque knight, named Inigo was brought home to recuperate after he was severely wounded by the onslaught on their bastion by a fired cannon ball. They were defeated by a mutiny aided by French troops on May 20, 1521 in the battle of Pamplona. The wounds on his lower limbs led to the first long lockdown in his life, about nine months, during which he read a life of Christ and a book on the lives of the saints, the only reading matter the Loyola castle afforded. He also killed time by recalling tales of martial valour or by day-dreaming about a great lady who captured his heart. Later in the less precarious stages of his health, his attention was centred on the saints. This profoundly moved and attracted him that soon after he had barely recovered he resolved to do something about his many sins. To fulfil this he must embark on a journey towards spiritual awakening, this time as Ignatius (Ignacio), the man who followed the holy austerities of the saints, e.g. Francis of Assisi and Dominic, that God sent as his first spiritual guides.

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