The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2008 M12 30 - 368 páginas
Soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg.
A National Book Award Finalist
The extraordinary story of how the vatican's imprisonment of a six-year-old Jewish boy in 1858 helped to bring about the collapse of the popes' worldly power in Italy.
Bologna: nightfall, June 1858. A knock sounds at the door of the Jewish merchant Momolo Mortara. Two officers of the Inquisition bust inside and seize Mortara's six-year-old son, Edgardo. As the boy is wrenched from his father's arms, his mother collapses. The reason for his abduction: the boy had been secretly "baptized" by a family servant. According to papal law, the child is therefore a Catholic who can be taken from his family and delivered to a special monastery where his conversion will be completed.
With this terrifying scene, prize-winning historian David I. Kertzer begins the true story of how one boy's kidnapping became a pivotal event in the collapse of the Vatican as a secular power. The book evokes the anguish of a modest merchant's family, the rhythms of daily life in a Jewish ghetto, and also explores, through the revolutionary campaigns of Mazzini and Garibaldi and such personages as Napoleon III, the emergence of Italy as a modern national state. Moving and informative, the Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara reads as both a historical thriller and an authoritative analysis of how a single human tragedy changed the course of history.
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C O N T E N T S Prologue The Knock at the Door Jews in the Land of the Popes Defending the Faith Days of Desperation The Mezuzah and the Cross—Edgardo's Trip to Rome The House of the Catechumens An Old Father and a New Pope Pius IX The ...
In Rome, Pope Pius IX sat on St. Peter's throne as French troops patrolled the Eternal City. ... were cardinals: the Archbishop, the city's spiritual leader, and the Cardinal Legate, representing the papal government, the civil ruler.
In 1858, Bologna, unofficial capital of the pontifical state's northern territories, known as the Legations, was ruled by Pope Pius IX. Modena and Reggio lay in the domain of Duke Francesco V.3 Momolo Mortara was born in Reggio just two ...
That Jews in the Papal States are simply slaves to be tolerated. 2. ... pronouncing the end of papal rule in Bologna. ... and the Pope himself, Pius IX, who had ascended St. Peter's throne just two years before. The Viennese uprising in ...
When he had assumed the papacy two years earlier, Pius IX had been widely regarded as a champion of reform and modernity. ... In Rome and throughout the Papal States, the rebels found that they had a new target: the pope-king himself.
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LibraryThing ReviewCrítica 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
LibraryThing ReviewCrítica 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
The Inquisitors Trial
Defending the Inquisitor
The Rites of Rulers
New Hopes for Freeing Edgardo
Archival Sources and Abbreviations
Sir Moses Goes to Rome
The Inquisitors Arrest
The Case Against the Inquisitor