The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara (Google eBook)
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.
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Review: The Kidnapping of Edgardo MortaraUser Review - Lavezzij - Goodreads
As history books goe, Mr. Kertzer is an exceptionally good writer, with lots of easy to read dramatic interest. Most historic writers can't write in a style that is so flowing, but this writer can do ... Read full review
Review: The Kidnapping of Edgardo MortaraUser Review - Giacomo Bongiovanni - Goodreads
An excellent history book on the downfall of the Papal States and all of nobility. I had to keep reminding myself this was 1858 or so. Not that long ago. If you are interested in history and that era, by all means read and enjoy this book. Read full review
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