The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

Picador, 1997 - 350 páginas
On 23rd June 1858, a police posse and a Catholic inquisitor invaded the house of a Jewish merchant, Soloman Mortara, in Bologna, and seized his six-year-old son, Edgardo. With this scene, David Kertzer begins his investigation of the kidnapping that would eventually lead to the end of the church's governing power in Italy. It transpired that Edgardo has been secretly baptised years earlier by a Catholic servant and the law held that no Christian child could be brought up in a Jewish household. What followed made international history - although such kidnappings had been common this struggle came to symbolize the entire revolutionary campaign of Mazzini and Garibaldi to shake off the dominance of the Catholic church and establish a modern, secular state.

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Crítica de los usuarios  - SheldonDeVane - LibraryThing

If you only have time to read one chapter, make it the first one "The Knock at the Door." If you have time to read another chapter, make it the Epilogue at the end. Hopefully, you will feel inspired to read all the chapters in the middle. Leer comentario completo

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Crítica de los usuarios  - mbmackay - LibraryThing

True story of the Catholic Inquisition in Italy in 1858 taking a 6 yr old boy from his Jewish family because the illiterate maid had secretly baptised him when he was sick! Stunning story told in great detail. Read Feb 2007 Leer comentario completo

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He is a professor anthropology & history at Brown University. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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