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A Jesuit in the Forbidden City: Matteo Ricci 1552-1610

R. Po-chia Hsia


A 16th century Italian Jesuit, Matteo Ricci was the founder of the Catholic Mission in China. This critical biography tells the story of his remarkable life, one that bridged Counter‐Reformation Catholic Europe and China under the Ming dynasty. Using Chinese and western sources, Hsia follows the life of Ricci from his childhood in Macerata, through his education in Rome, to his sojourn in Portuguese India, before embarking on the long journey of self‐discovery and cultural encounter in the Ming realm. Along the way, we glimpse the workings of the Portuguese maritime empire in Asia, the mission ... More

Keywords: Matteo Ricci, Jesuit, China, Catholicism, Ming dynasty, missions, cultural encounters, Portugal, Italy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199592258
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592258.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. Po-chia Hsia, author
Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History, Religious Studies, and Asian Studies, the Pennsylvania State University