This volume had its origins in a conference held at Trinity College, Cambridge, under the auspices of the “Jesuit Emotions” project of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, 1100–1800, based at The University of Western Australia, Perth (project number ce110001011). Haskell would like to thank the Masters and Fellows of Trinity College for inviting her to Cambridge as Visiting Fellow Commoner for the Michaelmas and Trinity Terms (2013–14), making it possible for us to host our conference in such beautiful, if not typically Jesuit, surroundings. Fellow Librarian David McKitterick gave his blessing to an exhibition of Jesuit books at the Wren Library. Simon Ditchfield (University of York) helped select the books and compose the labels, and sub-librarian Sandy Paul and his team were unstinting with their time and efforts in assembling and preparing the books for display. We are also very grateful to Professor Stefan Tilg (University of Freiburg), former director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies in Innsbruck, Austria, for authorizing the Institute’s generous, in-kind support of our event.
The highlight of our conference was an historically informed concert and performance of Adolf and Staudt’s Japanese-themed Jesuit musical drama Mulier fortis (Vienna, 1698) by the Solomon’s Knot Baroque Collective, led by Jonathan Sells. The editors warmly thank their UWA colleague, Makoto Harris Takao, for his assistance with all aspects of the conference organization and especially with preparations for this final concert. We would also like to thank Brill’s anonymous readers and our colleague in the uwa “Jesuit Emotions” project, Eleonora Rai, for their useful suggestions.
Finally, we are delighted to be able to reproduce Tintoretto’s recently rediscovered portrait of Mancio Ito, Japanese boy-ambassador to the courts of Europe, by kind permission of L’avv. Gian Giacomo Attolico Trivulzio of the Fondazione Trivulzio, Milan.