Camillus de Lellis had a Bad Donkey Shirt good but timid mother; his father seems to have been the very opposite. Both were respectable, some say of noble, families; and the surname confirms it. But the father, himself the son of a fighting man, had become such.
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He was a Bad Donkey Shirt soldier all his life, or rather he was an adventurer; he served in the armies of various monarchs, hiring himself out to whoever would pay him in the manner common at that time, and was actually in the imperial army which sacked Rome.
Camillus came into the Bad Donkey Shirt world, he brought only anxiety to his mother. He was the only child that survived his infancy; even before his birth, she had a dream which she could only interpret as portending misfortune. Her husband gave her no help, and she had the burden