The Resource The kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, David Kertzer

The kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, David Kertzer

Label
The kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara
Title
The kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara
Statement of responsibility
David Kertzer
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Bologna, 1858: A police posse, acting on the orders of a Catholic inquisitor, invades the home of a Jewish merchant, Momolo Mortara, wrenches his crying six-year-old son from his arms, and rushes him off in a carriage bound for Rome. His mother is so distraught that she collapses and has to be taken to a neighbor's house, but her weeping can be heard across the city. With this terrifying scene - one that would haunt this family forever - David I. Kertzer begins his fascinating investigation of the dramatic kidnapping, and shows how the deep-rooted antisemitism of the Catholic Church would eventually contribute to the collapse of its temporal power in Italy
  • As Edgardo's parents desperately search for a way to get their son back, they learn why he - out of all their eight children - was taken. Years earlier, the family's Catholic serving girl, fearful that the infant might die of an illness, had secretly baptized him (or so she claimed). Edgardo recovered, but when the story reached the Bologna inquisitor, the result was his order for Edgardo to be seized and sent to a special monastery where Jews were converted into good Catholics. His justification in Church teachings: No Christian child could be raised by Jewish parents
  • The case of Edgardo Mortara became an international cause celebre. Although such kidnappings were not uncommon in Jewish communities across Europe, this time the political climate had changed. As news of the family's plight spread to Britain, where the Rothschilds got involved, to France, where it mobilized Napoleon III, and even to America, public opinion turned against the Vatican. The fate of this one boy came to symbolize the entire revolutionary campaign of Mazzini and Garibaldi to end the dominance of the Catholic Church and establish a modern, secular Italian state
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kertzer, David I.
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS135.I9
LC item number
M595 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mortara, Pio
  • Mortara, Pio
  • Jews
  • Christian converts from Judaism
  • Christian converts from Judaism
  • Jews
  • Joden
  • Ontvoering
  • Rooms-Katholieke Kerk
  • Wereldlijke macht
  • Antisemitismus
  • Katholische Kirche
  • Italy
  • Juden
  • Italien
Label
The kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, David Kertzer
Instantiates
Publication
Note
The Mazal Holocaust Collection
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 331-339) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 350 pages
Isbn
9780679768173
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
96039159
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)35829023
  • (OCoLC)ocm35829023
Label
The kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, David Kertzer
Publication
Note
The Mazal Holocaust Collection
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 331-339) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 350 pages
Isbn
9780679768173
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
96039159
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)35829023
  • (OCoLC)ocm35829023

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