The Memory Palace Of Matteo Ricci by Jonathan Spence

This historical work delves into the life of a 16th-century Italian Jesuit missionary who traveled to China with the aim of spreading Christianity. The book explores his innovative method of evangelism, which involved adapting Western memory techniques to create a "memory palace" that would resonate with the Chinese literati. By intertwining mnemonic imagery with elements of Chinese culture and belief, he sought to bridge the gap between East and West and facilitate the exchange of ideas and knowledge. The narrative not only recounts his missionary efforts but also paints a vivid picture of the cultural and intellectual landscapes of both Renaissance Europe and Ming Dynasty China.

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Total Points: 99

Since this book was first published in 1984, there is a penalty of 16.0%. The age adjusted score is 83.16.

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