The memory palace of Matteo Ricci

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Viking Penguin, Nov 21, 1984 - Biography & Autobiography - 350 pages
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Recounts the activities in China of the late-sixteenth-century Jesuit missionary, Matteo Ricci, and examines the cultural and historical contexts of those activities

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User Review  - Gavin - Goodreads

On the face of it, this had all the makings of a book that would highly engross me. 16th century eastern and western history. Italy, Goa, and China were the main high points, and there is a lot here ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gary Bruff - Goodreads

This is a biography of the Jesuit missionary who tried in the early 17th century to convert the Ming emperor to Christianity and thereby win over millions of souls. Matteo Ricci had won only limited ... Read full review

Contents

THE APOSTLE IN THE WAVES
59
THE HUIHUI
93
THE ROAD TO EMMAUS
128
Copyright

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About the author (1984)

Jonathan D. Spence was born in England and received his B.A. from Cambridge University. In 1966 he received his Ph.D. from Yale University and has been a professor of Chinese history there since that time. Spence has won a variety of major fellowships and has served as visiting professor at Belfast's Queens University, Princeton University, and Beijing University. He employs a distinctive writing and historical style, weaving together various kinds of materials to fashion new forms of historical narrative. The best examples of his unique style are The Death of Woman Wang (1979) and The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci. In his works, Spence provides a uniquely accessible vision of late imperial China. His writings have won numerous awards and prizes. The Gate of Heavenly Peace (1982) won two awards---the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Henry D. Vursell Memorial Award of the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters.