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Revista de historia de América

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HIDALGO PEGO, Mónica. Versions and editions of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. Mexico, 1596-1856. Rev. hist. Am. [online]. 2021, n.160, pp.11-39.  Epub Apr 30, 2021. ISSN 2663-371X.

With the intention of contributing to the works on the dissemination and reception of an author and his work, this article aims to present the first results of a long-term investigation on Ignacio de Loyola and his work Spiritual Exercises, in a space well defined, Mexico, in the viceregal period and the 19th century. The periodization of the work is limited by the oldest edition located, 1596 and the third suppression of the Society of Jesus in Mexico. The text was constructed from the existing copies in the libraries of the Mexican Republic. In addition to the research on the exercises of the Basque saint, he is aware of some Jesuit writers who treated different aspects related to the Ignatian exercises. So far, the results of the investigation showed an apparently small diffusion of the book of exercises, unlike the works of his brothers of order, as far as the reception of the books and the practice of the exercises could be noticed a wide reception not only among ecclesiastics, but among women, nuns, and even lay people.

Keywords : spiritual exercises; editions; versions; libraries; exercisers; broadcast; reception.

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