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The City of Light by Jacob d'Ancona
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The City of Light

by Jacob d'Ancona, David Selbourne (Translator)

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In 1990, renowned Jewish scholar David Selbourne is shown a manuscript that has lain hidden for seven centuries in a private collection. The manuscript is in medieval Italian and purports to be the first-hand account of a journey made by a Jewish merchant from the town of Ancona in Northern Italy to the city of Zaitun in China in the years 1270 to 1273.

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5 vote tomcatMurr | Mar 28, 2014 |
Fascinating. ( )
  Polaris- | Jan 24, 2011 |
This is an account written by a Jewish man who journeyed to and lived in China, even prior to Marco Polo. His writing style is quite different from that of the Venician. ( )
  yangguy | Jun 19, 2007 |
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In 1270, Jewish scholar-merchant Jacob d'Ancona embarked on a remarkable voyage from his native Italy to Zaitun, the city of light, a vast coastal metropolis in southern China. His manuscript, hidden from the world for centuries, provides a first-person insight into life in the 13th century. It describes a thriving mercantile economy, whose vigorous manufacture and lavish consumption in the shadow of the impending Mongol invasion represent the swansong of a wealthy, decadent and surprisingly "modern" society. Jacob d'Ancona's participation as a foreign trader in the grand civic debates shed light on the relationship of Jews and Christians and the role of the individual in society.

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In 1270, Jewish scholar-merchant Jacob d'Ancona embarked on a remarkable voyage from his native Italy to Zaitun, the city of light, a vast coastal metropolis in southern China. His manuscript, hidden from the world for centuries, provides a first-person insight into life in the 13th century. It describes a thriving mercantile economy, whose vigorous manufacture and lavish consumption in the shadow of the impending Mongol invasion represent the swansong of a wealthy, decadent and surprisingly modern society. Jacob d'Ancona's participation as a foreign trader in the grand civic debates shed light on the relationship of Jews and Christians and the role of the individual in society.… (more)

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