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A Jesuit in the Forbidden City


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Prologue 1: Macerata and Rome 2: Portuguese Seas 3: Macau 4: Zhaoqing 5: Ruggieri 6: Shaozhou 7: Nanchang 8: Nanjing 9: Beijing 10: True Meaning of the Lord of Heaven 11: Laying the Foundations 12: The Man of Paradox Epilogue Appendix: Magistrate's Verdict in adultery accusation against Michele Ruggieri Notes Chinese Glossary Bibliography Index

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A native of Hong Kong, R. Po-chia Hsia was educated in his home town, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States. He is a specialist on early modern Europe and on the social and cultural exchanges between China and the West. Author and editor of a dozen books, with translations into Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, and German, Hsia has received signal academic honours in many countries. He is a member of the Academia Sinica and the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History, Religious Studies, and Asian Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, USA.


`Review from previous edition Ronnie Po-chia Hsia's A Jesuit in the Forbidden City is hands down the best scholarly biography of Ricci to date, and unlikely to be surpassed ... the book provides an account that is accessible as well as thorough.' Timothy Brook, Literary Review `Deeply learned yet rivetingly readable, R Po-Chia Hsia's biography introduces a remarkable figure whose life represents a dramatic cultural collision of east and west.' Michael Kerrigan, The Scotsman `A riveting read and highly detailed, yet is an accessible retelling of Matteo Ricci's mission to China, recapturing both the exhilaration and the dangerous exoticism of his life.' James Kelly, The Tablet `Hsia enables us to see the Jesuit's achievement in a much fuller and richer context than hitherto... he deserves our considerable gratitude for leaving us with such a vivid and affecting, yet critically acute, portrait.' Simon Ditchfield, University of York `Accessible yet highly readable, A Jesuit in the Forbidden City is a riveting read and probably the most fully detailed re-telling of Matteo Ricci's mission to China, re-capturing the exhilaration but dangerous exoticness of his life.' James Kelly, Catholic Times

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