April 16th, 2015
Episode 451 of 537 episodes
Matteo Ricci was a Jesuit priest who led a Christian mission to China in the 16th century. An accomplished scholar, Ricci travelled extensively and came into contact with senior officials of the Ming Dynasty administration. His story is one of the most important encounters between Renaissance Europe and a China which was still virtually closed to outsiders. Melvyn Bragg is joined by Mary Laven, Reader in Early Modern History at the University of Cambridge; Craig Clunas, Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford and Anne Gerritsen, Reader in History at the University of Warwick.