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The kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

Author: David I Kertzer
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1998.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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National Book Award Finalist 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Kertzer, David I., 1948-
Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.
New York : Vintage Books, 1998
(OCoLC)39543202
Named Person: Pio Mortara; Pio Mortara
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David I Kertzer
ISBN: 9780307486714 0307486710
OCLC Number: 829855219
Description: 1 online resource : map
Responsibility: David Kertzer.

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National Book Award Finalist 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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