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.
In Modena and Bologna people rebelled, and armed revolt blended with general chaos. The very month that the Mortaras' son Augusto was born, the Duke of Modena, Francesco V, fled his capital, alarmed by reports that insurrectionary ...
When Duke Francesco IV of Modena heard about the successful revolt in Bologna, he hurriedly departed his capital. In Reggio the tricolor replaced the Duke's flag, and while his officers joined him in flight, the bulk of the troops ...
Fourteen days after Augusto Mortara's birth, Duke Francesco V of Modena fled his duchy. By the end of March, the Austrian troops had been driven from both Milan and Venice, and provisional governments were formed to replace the old ...
Two weeks later, Francesco V reentered Modena to take back his duchy. A month after that, French troops marched into Rome, destroying the last remnants of the republic and sending Giuseppe Garibaldi and Giuseppe Mazzini into exile.
At the same conference, Count Camillo di Cavour, representing the kingdom of Sardinia, had pressed for the annexation of the duchies of Modena and Parma to the Piedmontese state, and the withdrawal of Austrian forces from the peninsula.
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A dramatic and heart-wrenching tale that reveals a great deal about the battle between conservative and progressive forces in mid-19th-century Europe. Kertzer (History/Brown Univ.), the author of the ... Leer comentario completo
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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