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(PUBPenguin)Perhaps the first modern missionary, Ricci came to realize that 16th-century Chinese ''literati'' could be reached by introducing European arts and sciences plus adopting local Confucian customs. ''Extraordinary achievement, moving and beautiful,''---New York Times. 350 pages, softcover.
From the renowned historian and author of The Death of Woman Wang, a vivid and gripping account of the 16th-century missionary’s 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.
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.
Praise for The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci:
“An extraordinarily delicate achievement . . . Resembles the portrait of an age.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“A gripping portrait of late-sixteenth-century cultural history in both the West and the East.”
—Natalie Zemon Davis, Princeton University, author of The Return of Martin Guerre
“An extraordinary tour de force, a work of literature and at the same time a remarkable wide-ranging use of historical sources. This is the kind of history that most people in the profession cannot even begin to write.”
—John King Fairbank, Harvard University