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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Before her stood a uniformed police officer and a second, middle-aged man of martial bearing." “Is this the home of Signor Momolo Mortara?” asked Marshal Lucidi. Yes, Anna responded, but Signor Mortara was not there.
She did not notice the rest of the papal police detail, some of whom remained on the nearby stairs while others lingered on the street below. Pietro Lucidi, marshal in the papal carabinieri and head of the police detail, entered, ...
Trying to find some way to stop the police from making off with Edgardo, Padovani and his brother-in-law persuaded the Marshal not to remove the child before they could consult with their uncle, who lived nearby.
... bathed in tears, and a father who was tearing out his hair, while the children were down on their knees begging the policemen for mercy. It was a scene so moving I can't begin to describe it. Indeed, I even heard the police marshal, ...
The previous night, when the Mortara family and their friends in Bologna's tiny Jewish community had gathered at their home, desperately casting about for a way to prevent the police from The Knock at the Door 9.
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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