Florentine writer Lorenzo Magalotti published Relazione della China after a colourful evening’s chat in 1665 with Austrian Jesuit priest Father Johann Grueber, who had spent several years in China. Photo: Wellcome Library, London.
How a Jesuit priest’s tales of 17th century China wowed Europe
  • Florentine writer Lorenzo Magalotti wrote of the ways and culture of the Chinese in Relazione della China after being regaled by Father Johann Grueber in 1665
  • Grueber spent several years in Peking before travelling overland to India by way of Tibet and Nepal, and witnessed life in the early years of the Qing dynasty
11 Jul 2021 - 2:15PM