The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara - Film Tie-In

Author(s): David I. Kertzer

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Now filmed by Steven Spielberg, starring Mark Rylance as the Pope.The extraordinary story of how the Vatican's imprisonment of a six-year-old Jewish boy 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 burst 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 outside leaders like Napoleon III, the emergence of Italy as a modern national state. Moving and informative, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara reads as both a thriller and an authoritative account of a moment that changed Europe forever.

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General Fields

  • : 9781509844098
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Picador
  • : April 2019
  • : --- length: - '19.7' width: - '13' units: - Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 261.26094509034
  • : 368
  • : David I. Kertzer
  • : Paperback