General European Biographies

Download A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci 1552-1610 by R. Po-chia Hsia PDF

By R. Po-chia Hsia

A sixteenth century Italian Jesuit, Matteo Ricci used to be the founding father of the Catholic project in China and the most well-known missionaries of all time. A pioneer in bringing Christianity to China, Ricci spent twenty 8 years within the state, during which time he crossed the cultural divides among China and the West by means of immersing himself within the language and tradition of his hosts. Even four hundred years later, he's nonetheless the most effective identified westerners in China, celebrated for
introducing western medical and non secular principles to China and for explaining chinese language tradition to Europe.

The first serious biography of Ricci to exploit all proper resources, either chinese language and Western, A Jesuit within the Forbidden urban tells the tale of a amazing existence that bridged Counter-Reformation Catholic Europe and China below the Ming dynasty. Hsia follows the lifetime of Ricci from his adolescence in Macerata, via his schooling in Rome, to his sojourn in Portuguese India, ahead of the beginning of his lengthy trip of self-discovery and cultural come across within the Ming realm. alongside the best way, we
glimpse the workings of the Portuguese maritime empire in Asia, the undertaking of the Society of Jesus, and lifestyles within the eu enclave of Macau at the chinese language coast, in addition to worthwhile sketches of Ricci's fellow Jesuits and photos of the chinese language mandarins who shaped networks indispensible for Ricci's

Examining more than a few new assets, Hsia deals very important new insights into Ricci's lengthy interval of trial and frustration in Guangdong province, the place he first seemed within the character of a overseas Buddhist monk, earlier than the the most important flow to Nanchang in 1595 that ended in his sustained highbrow dialog with a number one Confucian pupil and next synthesis of Christianity and Confucianism in propagating the Gospels in China. together with his services in cartography, arithmetic, and astronomy,
Ricci fast gained attractiveness, particularly after he had settled in Nanjing in 1598, the southern capital of the Ming dynasty. As his popularity and friendships grew, Ricci embarked on a pointy polemic opposed to Buddhism, whereas his occupation came upon its crowning fulfillment within the imperial capital of Beijing,
leaving at the back of a existence, paintings, and legacy that remains greatly alive today.

Show description

Read or Download A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci 1552-1610 PDF

Best general european biographies books

The Man Who Believed He Was King of France: A True Medieval Tale

Replete with shady retailers, scoundrels, hungry mercenaries, scheming nobles, and maneuvering cardinals, the guy Who Believed He used to be King of France proves the adage that fact is usually stranger than fiction—or no less than as enjoyable. The surroundings of this inconceivable yet beguiling story is 1354 and the Hundred Years’ struggle being waged for keep watch over of France.

My Fight For Irish Freedom: Dan Breen's Autobiography

The tale of the guy who fired the 1st shot within the struggle of Independence, chief of the third Tipperary Brigade. In 1919 a gaggle of younger males slightly out in their children, poorly armed, without funds and little education, renewed the struggle, all started in 1916, to force the British out of eire. Dan Breen used to be to turn into the simplest recognized of them.

Charlemagne's Courtier: The Complete Einhard: 3 (Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures)

One of the readings integrated are a number of present letters by way of Emma (Einhard's wife), The lifetime of Charlemagne, and The background of His Relics. The latter paintings transports us into a nearly unknown international as Einhard, the cool rationalist, arranges for a relic salesman, a veritable bone vendor, to obtain saints?

Isabelle la Catholique (HORS COLLECTION) (French Edition)

Une souveraine exemplaire dont l'œuvre politique et administrative donnera une tout autre size à l'Espagne et qui sera reprise et développée par Charles Quint. Née en 1451, Isabelle l. a. Catholique accède au trône de Castille après une longue guerre civile avec son demi-frère Henri IV. Alors qu'elle ne connaît rien du pouvoir, elle va l'exercer avec une autorité et une compétence reconnues par tous.

Additional info for A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci 1552-1610

Sample text

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.52 of 5 – based on 20 votes