This book is a concise and faithful abridgement of Solo y a pie (Alone and on Foot), the highly acclaimed biography of St Ignatius, written in Spanish by Jose Ignacio Tellechea Idigoras, a medieval scholar of international standing. The English translation, by Cornelius Michael Buckley SJ, was published by Loyola Press, Chicago in 1994, entitled Ignatius of Loyola, the Pilgrim Saint.
Alone and on Foot is intended for the busy reader rather than the leisurely scholar. It omits many of the historical and psychological allusions that enrich the original in favour of a sharply defined profile of Ignatius himself.
Idigoras life of Ignatius is unique among biographies of Ignatius (1491, 1556) for several reasons. Firstly, Idigoras is a fellow basque: thus he has an insiders appreciation of the life and mindset of his Ignatius. This is also the only Basque study of Ignatius, the most famous of that mysterious race. Secondly, whereas most studies of Ignatius are by Jesuits, members of the Order that he founded, Idigoras is not a Jesuit but a diocesan priest and medieval historian and so offers two unique perspectives on Ignatius.