What is the background of Saint Ignatius of Loyola?

Ignatius of Loyola (Basque: Ignazio Loiolakoa, Spanish: Ignacio de Loyola) was born in 1491 and died July 31, 1556. He was a Spanish knight from a local Basque noble family, hermit, priest and theologian, who founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and was its first Superior General. Ignatius emerged as a religious leader during the Counter-Reformation. Loyola's devotion to the Catholic Church was characterized by absolute obedience to the Pope.