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The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

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Bologna, 1858: A police posse, acting on the orders of a Catholic inquisitor, invades the home of a Jewish merchant, Momolo Mortara, wrenches his crying six-year-old son from his arms, and rushes him off in a carriage bound for Rome. His mother is so distraught that she collapses and has to be taken to a neighbor's house, but her weeping can be heard across the city. With this terrifying scene--one that would haunt this family forever--David I. Kertzer begins his fascinating investigation of the dramatic kidnapping, and shows how the deep-rooted antisemitism of the Catholic Church would eventually contribute to the collapse of its temporal power in Italy.  As Edgardo's parents desperately search for a way to get their son back, they learn why he--out of all their eight children--was taken. Years earlier, the family's Catholic serving girl, fearful that the infant might die of an illness, had secretly baptized him (or so she claimed). Edgardo recovered, but when the story reached the Bologna Inquisitor, the result was his order for Edgardo to be seized and sent to a special monastery where Jews were converted into good Catholics. His justification in Church teachings: No Christian child could be raised by Jewish parents.  The case of Edgardo Mortara became an international cause célèbre. Although such kidnappings were not uncommon in Jewish communities across Europe, this time the political climate had changed. As news of the family's plight spread to Britain, where the Rothschilds got involved, to France, where it mobilized Napoleon III, and even to America, public opinion turned against the Vatican. The fate of this one boy came to symbolize the entire revolutionary campaign of Mazzini and Garibaldi to end the dominance of the Catholic Church and establish a modern, secular Italian state.  A riveting story which has been remarkably ignored by modern historians--The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara will prompt intense interest and discussion as it lays bare attitudes of the Catholic Church that would have such enormous consequences in the twentieth century.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 331-339) and index.

About the Author

David I. Kertzer was born in 1948 in New York City. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1986, he has twice been awarded, in 1985 and 1990, the Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies for the best work on Italian history. He is currently Paul Dupee, Jr. University Professor of Social Science and a professor of anthropology and history at Brown University. He and his family live in Providence.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679768173
Author:
Kertzer, David
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Kertzer, David I.
Author:
David I.Kertzer
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
History
Subject:
Church History - Catholic
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
Western Europe
Subject:
Converts from judaism
Subject:
Converts from Judaism -- Italy -- Bologna -- Biography.
Subject:
Christian converts from Judaism.
Subject:
Christian converts from Judaism -- Italy -- Bologna -- Biography.
Subject:
Christianity - History - Catholic
Subject:
Western Europe - General
Subject:
Mortara, Pio
Subject:
Jews - Italy - Bologna -
Subject:
Europe - Western
Subject:
Christianity-Church History General
Subject:
history;religion;italy;non-fiction;judaism;catholicism
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
no. 19
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.04x5.22x.88 in. .70 lbs.

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