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Historian Jonathan Spence picks a strange perspective from which to tell the story of Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci. Ricci went to China in and spent the remaining 32 years of his life there. The Jesuits were only a generation old when Ricci joined them. They'd been formed in answer to the Protestant Reformation, and they offered an energetic and intellectual response to everything that'd gone bad in the late medieval church.

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Ricci brought blazing intelligence to the task of learning who the Chinese were and how to bring Christianity to them. He learned their language, technology, and culture.

In it he recreated the medieval European idea of a memory palace -- an edifice you build in your mind and furnish with mnemonic devices. Recollection is a process of walking through the rooms and associating information with their contents. Those contents must be distinct and dramatic.

Suppose a modern medical student were to build a memory palace. In one room he might put a Mountie on his horse, leading a manacled prisoner.

The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci

He can fill his whole building with bizarre people and things to aid his memory of bones, muscles, and nerves. The memory palace idea was important before we had millions of the new printed books -- when most knowledge had to be carried by rote.

But printed books were driving out the art of memory and they were bringing in the Reformation. Now we could write it down, forget it, and look it up when we needed it.


One of the images includes Peter's attempt to walk on water and the chapter jumps off from there to delve through all of Matteo's water-related adventures from his first trip over to Goa to a rather harrowing journey through Chinese river rapids that ended with the drowning of his friend.

An image of a peasant about to harvest - a memory image for the Chinese character for profit - leads to a discussion of trade and gift exchange.

It's a kind of fascinating way to approach a biography. Unfortunately it can also be a little frustrating as a reader. There were loads of points where I would have loved a more detailed treatment of a topic, but the memory adventure will just sort of tumble forward into another facet of Ricci's life and world.

Despite that, though, it's worth reading for the content which is really interesting and for it's adventurous form. I really like that Spence tried something new like this, even if it doesn't always work perfectly.

When it does work, it's wonderful - he tends to close each chapter, for example, with a particularly vivid aspect of Matteo's life, frequently one involving violence.

It gives the book the feeling of exploring someone's actual memory, as if a long trail of associations led back to an especially vivid moment. More history books should experiment with this sort of thing.

That said, the organizing principle of this book the Jesuit Ricci's attempt to convert Ming Dynasty Chinese through a Christian mnemonic device for the Confucian examinations , tries patience. Fortunately, Spence more than compensates with his habitual ease with the subject matter. And in this book he is at home not only his usual territory of China but Ricci's youth in Italy, his long ocean voyage to China, and th Jonathan Spence's books are unique in their balance of learning and readability.

The memory palace of Matteo Ricci

And in this book he is at home not only his usual territory of China but Ricci's youth in Italy, his long ocean voyage to China, and the intricacies of Jesuit history and economics, such the import-export business that financed their missions to the East.

In the end, Ricci mastered Chinese but made few converts, despite the occasional curiosity of the rulers.

Fortunately, Spence has a keen eye for paradox: not only were the Jesuits dependent on trade, Ricci himself attempted to impress Chinese rulers with opulent Christian books.In summarizing this memory system, he explained that these palaces, pavilions, divans were mental structures to be kept in one's head, not solid objects to be literally constructed out of "real" materials. It lay at the heart of Re- naissance music. A warrior. In St.

Ricci was given a berth by Scielou on one 11 of his baggage vessels and thus continued his journey. And how sharp still, more than a millennium later, must have been for Ricci and his con- temporaries the memory image of Rhetoric as Capella painted her, that woman with "so rich a wealth of diction, so vast a store of memory and recollection," who held memory in her domain.

Limadou zhuan , Shanxi ren min chu ban she, Xin hua shu dian jing xiao in Chinese - Di 1 ban. We can be confident that Ricci would approve this procedure. Each ducat was about twenty-nine grams.

Ricci describes to the Chinese.

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