Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist

The Cambridge Companion to the Jesuits


Part of Cambridge Companions to Religion

Thomas Worcester, Lu Ann Homza, J. Carlos Coupeau, Philip Endean, Paul Murphy, Thomas McCoog, Gemma Simmonds, Stanislaw Obirek, M. Antoni J. Üçerler, Nicolas Standaert, Jacques Monet, Thomas Cohen, Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Louis Caruana, Jonathan Wright, Gerald McKevitt, Mary Ann Hinsdale
View all contributors
  • Date Published: March 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521673969

£ 30.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback, eBook

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556) obtained papal approval in 1540 for a new international religious order called the Society of Jesus. Until the mid-1700s the 'Jesuits' were active in many parts of Europe and far beyond. Gaining both friends and enemies in response to their work as teachers, scholars, writers, preachers, missionaries and spiritual directors, the Jesuits were formally suppressed by Pope Clement XIV in 1773 and restored by Pope Pius VII in 1814. The Society of Jesus then grew until the 1960s; it has more recently experienced declining membership in Europe and North America, but expansion in other parts of the world. This Companion examines the religious and cultural significance of the Jesuits. The first four sections treat the period prior to the Suppression, while section five examines the Suppression and some of the challenges and opportunities of the restored Society of Jesus up to the present.

    • Offers multiple points of view from Jesuit and other authors, from several academic fields, and several countries
    • Essays include extensive notes on sources in various languages
    • Provides a scholarly yet accessible exposition of the topic
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    'The history of the Jesuits is as complex as it is fascinating. Worcester's volume helps us sort it out through a judicious sampling of themes from the founding of the order in 1540 until the present. It will be valuable for both the novice and the specialist.' John O'Malley, University Professor, Georgetown University

    'The Cambridge Companion to the Jesuits is an unusual and impressive achievement. It combines both breadth and depth of scholarship in a series of studies that consistently hold a reader's interest. The chapters range from Jesuit spirituality to geography to architecture, from history and biography to the arts to politics, from theology to education to science and beyond.' John W. Padberg, S. J., Director, The Institute of Jesuit Sources

    'Worcester's is an ambitious and largely successful project and the book deserves to be widely read.' Thinking Faith - the online journal of the British Jesuits

    '… this Cambridge Companion can serve as a useful resource for university courses on the early modern Jesuits … Students of early modern history will discover several gems among the comprehensive essays, which not only inform but also reveal deeper points of significance. … The volume's sampling of Jesuit priorities and activities is impressive … It sends readers beyond textbook generalisations about the Society to acquire a sense of its rich complexity. The essays not only inform but also have the potential of engendering new research into Jesuit history.' Church History

    'All in all this is a super book which is a must for anyone who takes seriously the contribution of this most dynamic and challenging order to the shape and destiny of Christian life.' The Pastoral Review

    'All eighteen chapters make a real contribution. … Anyone beginning to investigate the Jesuits should start here.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

    'The Cambridge Companions to Religion, a subset of the extensive Cambridge Companions series, aim 'to provide an accessible and stimulating introduction to the subject for new readers and non-specialists' through 'specially commissioned chapters by international scholars.' This volume fulfils its task admirably.' Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521673969
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 225 x 155 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.606kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Thomas Worcester
    Part I. Ignatius of Loyola:
    1. The religious milieu of the young Ignatius Lu Ann Homza
    2. Five personae of Ignatius of Loyola J. Carlos Coupeau
    3. The spiritual exercises Philip Endean
    Part II. European Foundations of the Jesuits:
    4. Jesuit Rome and Italy Paul Murphy
    5. The society of Jesus in the three kingdoms Thomas McCoog
    6. Jesuit dependence on the French monarchy Thomas Worcester
    7. Women Jesuits? Gemma Simmonds
    8. Jesuits in Poland and Eastern Europe Stanislaw Obirek
    Part III. Geographic and Ethnic Frontiers:
    9. The Jesuit enterprise in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Japan M. Antoni J. Üçerler
    10. Jesuits in China Nicolas Standaert
    11. The Jesuits in New France Jacques Monet
    12. Racial and ethnic minorities in the Society of Jesus Thomas Cohen
    Part IV. Arts and Sciences:
    13. Jesuit architecture in colonial Latin America Gauvin Alexander Bailey
    14. The Jesuits and the quiet side of scientific revolution Louis Caruana
    Part V. Jesuits in the Modern World:
    15. The suppression and restoration Jonathan Wright
    16. Jesuit schools in the USA, 1814–ca.1970 Gerald McKevitt
    17. Jesuit theological discourse since Vatican II Mary Ann Hinsdale
    18. Jesuits today Thomas Worcester.

  • Editor

    Thomas Worcester, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts
    Thomas Worcester is Associate Professor of History, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, USA.


    Thomas Worcester, Lu Ann Homza, J. Carlos Coupeau, Philip Endean, Paul Murphy, Thomas McCoog, Gemma Simmonds, Stanislaw Obirek, M. Antoni J. Üçerler, Nicolas Standaert, Jacques Monet, Thomas Cohen, Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Louis Caruana, Jonathan Wright, Gerald McKevitt, Mary Ann Hinsdale

Related Books

also by this author

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.