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Early Life of St Ignatius Inigo de Loyola was born in 1491 in Azpeitia in the Basque province of Guipuzcoa in northern Spain He was the youngest of thirteen children At the age of sixteen years he was sent to serve as a page to Juan Velazquez the treasurer of the kingdom of Castile As a member of the Velazquez household he was frequently at court and developed a taste for all it presented especially the ladies He was much addicted to gambling very contentious and not above engaging in swordplay on occasion In fact in a dispute between the Loyolas and another family Ignatius and his brother plus some relatives ambushed at night some clerics who were members of the other family Ignatius had to flee the town When finally brought to justice he claimed clerical immunity using the defense that he had received the tonsure as a boy and was therefore exempt from civil prosecution The defense was specious because Ignatius had for years gone about in the dress of a fighting man wearing a coat of mail and breastplate and carrying a sword and other sorts of arms -- certainly not the garb normally worn by a cleric The case dragged on for weeks but the Loyolas were apparently powerful Probably through the influence of higher-ups the case against Ignatius was dropped Eventually he found himself at the age of 30 in May of 1521 as an officer defending the fortress of the town of Pamplona against the French who claimed the territory as their own against Spain The Spaniards were terribly outnumbered and the commander of the Spanish forces wanted to surrender but Ignatius convinced him to fight on for the honor of Spain if not for victory During the battle a cannon ball struck Ignatius wounding one leg and breaking the other Because they admired his courage the French soldiers carried him back to recuperate at his home the
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