The paper takes up the theme of the reception given to, and integration of, expelled Iberian Jesuits by Papal Legations, territories in these exiles were hosted from the 1760s. In particular, the paper intends to present the results of extensive research conducted in Ferrara archives on the sociability of Jesuits. The aim is to provide a picture of the integration process of Spanish and Portuguese Jesuits in the city and compare their situation with the very different situation of Iberian Jesuits located in the territory of the nearby Bolognese Legacy. Indeed, the results obtained indicate a greater level of integration of Jesuits in Ferrara’s Legacy compared to fellow Jesuits located in the Bologna area. From data extrapolated from the censuses found in the Ferrara archives, and with the review of the most significant cases referring to such integration, the work aims to provide evidence supporting the thesis proposed.
Keywords: Iberian Jesuits, expulsion, Eighteenth century, Bologna, Ferrara.