Institutes of Ecclesiastical History; Ancient and Modern Volume 3

Institutes of Ecclesiastical History; Ancient and Modern Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...work is entitled: Du Rovai: me de Siam, par Mr de la I.oubcre, Envove extraordinaire du Roy aupres du Roy de Siam, en 1687 et 1688, 2 vols. 8vo, Amsterdam, 1691. It is 9. China, the largest and most opulent of all the Asiatic kingdoms, wa- visited by great numbers of Jesuits, Dominicans, Franciscans, Capuchins, and others, at the commencement of this century, for the purpose of spreading the knowledge of Christianity. All these, though disagreeing in other things, unite in proclaiming the astonishing success of their labours. But the Jesuits justly claim the chief honour of surmounting the obstacles, that opposed the progress of Christianity among that discerning and proud n tion so tenacious of the customs of their ancestors. For discovering, thaa the Chinese who are naturally perspicacious and eager after knowledge, were very fond of the arts and sciences, and especially of the mathematics. the Jesuits sent among them men who were not only well acquainted with human nature and discreet in managing affairs, but likewise profoundly versed in learning and the abstruse sciences. Some of these, by their address, the elegance of their manners, and their skill in business, soon acquired such influence, that high honours and offices were conferred on them by the emperor; and they were employed in affairs of the greatest consequence in the court itself. And supported by such patrons, other teachers of humbler rank and talents were able, without much difficulty, chiefly occupied with the geography of the country. and the transactions of the embassy. Father Tachard's book is entitled: Voyages de Siam des Peres Jesuites envoyes par le Roy, avec leurs observations, Paris, 1686, 4to, and Amsterdam, 1699, 12mo. Second Voyage au Royaume de Siam, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 342 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 612g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236632036
  • 9781236632036