Ramon Llull was born in 1232, three years after the Christian King James I of Aragon conquered Majorca. He was married with two children, but took up his vocation in his early 30s, when on the mountain of Randa, he received a divine revelation – his Art.
There are about 250 known works by Ramon Llull, tallied as:
97 Theological – 58 Philosophical – 19 Anti-Averroist – 14 Poetic
14 Mystical – 9 Scientific – 9 Crusading – 6 Pedagogical – 4 Encyclopedic
2 Literary – The rest unclassified
Llull travelled widely and taught ceaselessly until he was martyred by Saracens aged 84. Not until 1847 was he beatified, and his Sainthood is still pending.
In 1263 Llull made his pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. James the Greater in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
In 1963, exactly 700 years later, Owen Barfield found his way to Compostela.
Many branches of knowledge stem from Ramon Llull. Here is one: