The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

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.

Baker & Taylor
Describes the 1858 kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, the child of a Jewish merchant, by Italian police acting under the orders of the papal Inquisitor, the public outcry that followed, and the impact of the crime on the downfall of papal power in Italy. 30,000 first printing. Tour.

Baker
& Taylor

Describes the kidnapping and forced conversion from Judaism to Catholicism of a six-year-old Italian boy in 1858, and explores how this incident began a campaign to end the dominance of the Catholic Church in Italy

Publisher: New York : Alfred Knopf, 1997
ISBN: 9780679450313
0679450319
9780679768173
0679768173
Branch Call Number: 945.00492 K476k 1997
Characteristics: xi, 350 p. : map ; 25 cm

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