The City of Light

The City of Light

by David Selbourne (Translator), David Selbourne (Translator), Jacob d'Ancona (Author)


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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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Little, Brown
Published: 23 Oct 1997

ISBN 10: 0316639680
ISBN 13: 9780316639682