The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci

The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci


By (author) Jonathan D. Spence

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
  • Format: Paperback | 364 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 18mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1994
  • Publication City/Country: Hawthorn
  • ISBN 10: 0140080988
  • ISBN 13: 9780140080988
  • Sales rank: 75,905

Product description

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 extraodinary life, Jonathan Spence has shifted away from conventional biographical techniques, and he relates his subject's life to several images that Ricci himself created - four images derived from 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's elite. A rich and compelling narrative about a remarkable 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.

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Author information

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.

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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

Table of contents

The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci - Jonathan D. Spence 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 Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index