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The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci

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From the renowned historian and author of The Death of Woman Wang, a vivid and gripping account of the 16th-century missionarys remarkable sojourn to Ming China

 

In 1577, the Jesuit Priest Matteo Ricci set out from Italy to bring Christian faith and Western thought to Ming dynasty China. To capture the complex emotional and religious drama of Ricci's extraordinary life, Jonathan Spence relates his subject's experiences with several images that Ricci himself created—four images derived from the events in the Bible and others from a book on the art of memory that Ricci wrote in Chinese and circulated among members of the Ming dynasty elite. A rich and compelling narrative about a fascinating life, The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci is also a significant work of global history, juxtaposing the world of Counter-Reformation Europe with that of Ming China.

About the Author

Jonathan Spence's eleven books on Chinese history include The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Treason by the Book, and The Death of Woman Wang. His awards include a Guggenheim and a MacArthur Fellowship. He teaches at Yale University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Matteo Ricci: A Chronology

One: Building the Palace

Two: The First Image: The Warriors

Three: The First Picture: The Apostle in the Waves

Four: The Second Image: The Huihui

Five: The Second Picture: The Road to Emmaus

Six: The Third Image: Profit and Harvest

Seven: The Third Picture: The Men of Sodom

Eight: The Fourth Image: The Fourth Picture

Nine: Inside the Palace

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140080988
Author:
Spence, Jonathan D.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Missionaries
Subject:
Missions
Subject:
China History Ming dynasty, 1368-1644.
Subject:
Ricci, Matteo
Subject:
World History - China
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
II
Publication Date:
19850931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.75x5.08x.68 in. .57 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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