The memory palace of matteo ricci jonathan d spence on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers from the renowned historian and author of the death of woman wang a vivid and gripping account of the 16th century missionarys remarkable sojourn to ming china in 1577. An interesting book which is something more than an ordinary biography matteo ricci is an interesting character and the palace of memory is a framework and a link between topics but there is also an excellent glimpse of ming china and the vast currents of religion and peoples and thought in that vibrant civilization. Matteo ricci did not have the cure for cancer but as we learn in the memory palace of matteo ricci by jonathan d spence he did have the next best thing a simple recipe for eliminating forgetfulness not only that but riccis recipe helps with memorizing entire books and large volumes of vocabulary. The memory palace of matteo ricci is a 1984 biography of the missionary and teacher matteo ricci by historian jonathan spence spence is a specialist in chinese history and a former professor at yale university the book documents riccis attempts to teach mnemonic devices to the chinese elite in sixteenth and seventeenth century china. The memory palace of matteo ricci concerns the missionary efforts of the late 16th century jesuit priest matteo ricci to convert the chinese people to christianity matteo ricci is born in macerata italy on october 6th 1552 within the papal domain or the papal states in what is today italy in
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