The Eye of the Eagle: John Donne and the Legacy of Ignatius Loyola by Francesca Knox BuglianiThe Eye of the Eagle: John Donne and the Legacy of Ignatius Loyola by Francesca Knox Bugliani

The Eye of the Eagle: John Donne and the Legacy of Ignatius Loyola

byFrancesca Knox Bugliani

Paperback | January 5, 2011

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John Donne’s family were committed Catholics. His two uncles were Jesuits. One of them, Jasper Heywood, was the leader of the Jesuit mission in England, while Donne’s mother was a recusant who was forced to leave the country in 1595. In this detailed and historically contextualized study, the author argues that Donne was greatly influenced in his journey from militant Roman Catholicism to ordination in the Church of England by Ignatius of Loyola’s religious ideals and in particular by his Spiritual Exercises.
The book describes the pervasive influence of the Spiritual Exercises on late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Catholicism and Protestantism. In this light, it offers a close reading of Donne’s preordination religious poems and prose with constant reference to the sermons. These works are usually read through the tinted lenses of ‘Catholicism’ or ‘Protestantism’ or other religious ‘-isms’. The reading proposed here argues instead that Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises were for Donne a means to transcend the simplistic and perilous divisions of contemporary Catholicism and Protestantism.
Francesca Bugliani Knox graduated in 1976 from Pisa University (Dott. Lett.) and was senior lecturer in the English Department of the Università IULM, Milan, from 1986 to 2002. In 2009 she was awarded a PhD by Heythrop College, University of London. She is now Research Fellow at Heythrop College and Teaching Fellow at UCL. Her publicat...
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Title:The Eye of the Eagle: John Donne and the Legacy of Ignatius LoyolaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 5, 2011Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034302258

ISBN - 13:9783034302258

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Table of Contents

Contents: The reception of the Spiritual Exercises in England (1579-1633) – Discretion in Donne’s times – John Donne criticism and the Ignatian legacy – Mental prayer, discretion and Donne’s early religious poems: Divine Meditations, A Litany, The Cross, La Corona – Donne’s Essays in Divinity, discretion and the Spiritual Exercises – Donne’s theology, ecclesiology and Scriptural exegesis in the Essays and sermons – The date of Donne’s Essays in Divinity, ‘Divine Meditations’ and ‘La Corona’.