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Shen Fuzong (c. 1658–1691) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1687 The Royal Collection © 2006 HM Queen Elizabeth II


Shen Fuzong [Michael Alphonsus] (c. 1658–1691), traveller and convert to Christianity, was born at Nanking (Nanjing) in Kiangnan (Jiangnan) province along the southern side of the Yangtze (Yangzi) River in the Qing empire. His father, a physician, probably converted to Catholicism in the 1670s. Following this the young ...