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Mission to China: Matteo Ricci and the Jesuit Encounter with the East
 
 
Author
Mary Laven.
Publisher Faber & Faber  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780571225170
Pages/Publication Date 279/2011
Daedalus Item Code 22504
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Here the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize–winning author of Virgins of Venice tells the extraordinary story of the first Jesuit mission to China. In the 16th century the Italian priest Matteo Ricci and a handful of learned companions gained permission from the notoriously xenophobic Wanli emperor to settle in the fabled Forbidden City. Living among eunuchs and mandarins, wearing the clothes of Confucian scholars, Ricci and his associates strove to master the language and culture of their hosts while energetically preaching the virtues of Western art and science. Mary Laven's history is rich with the smell of incense, the flavor of warm rice wine, and the gleam of Venetian crystal.
 
 
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