Synopses & Reviews
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 createdfour 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
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