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The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara

David I. Kertzer

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 célèbre. 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. A riveting story which has been remarkably ignored by modern historians--The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara will prompt intense interest and discussion as it lays bare attitudes of the Catholic Church that would have such enormous

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 célèbre. 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. A riveting story which has been remarkably ignored by modern historians--The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara will prompt intense interest and discussion as it lays bare attitudes of the Catholic Church that would have such enormous
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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 célèbre. 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. A riveting story which has been remarkably ignored by modern historians--The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara will prompt intense interest and discussion as it lays bare attitudes of the Catholic Church that would have such enormous

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

15h 47m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:58


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:19


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:58


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:49


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:15


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:43


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:21


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:20


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:34


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:33


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:22


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:30


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:24


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:20


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:53


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:58


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:42


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:16


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:28


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:33


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:25


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:13


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:39


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:39


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:32


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:54


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:58


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:48


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:42


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:13


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:26


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:01


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:56


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:47


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:58


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:24


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:09


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:08


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:36


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:14


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:00


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:51


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:01


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:31


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:28


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:55


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:48


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:29


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:15


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:36


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:40


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:40


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:15


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:30


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:00


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:29


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:50


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:17


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:52


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:48


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:42


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:07


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:36


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:10


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:33


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:33


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:37


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:35


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:16


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:59


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:41


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:26


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:03


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:06


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:55


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:48


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:55


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:25


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:00


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:34


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:22


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:11


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:31


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:52


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:39


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:07


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:39


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:43


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:45


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:51


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:17


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:20


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:48


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:37


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:26


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:22


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:54


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:58


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:20


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:06


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:45


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:10


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:34


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:58


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

05:59


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:19


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:36


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:42


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

06:04


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

06:03


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:29


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:11


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:56


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:42


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:57


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:20


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:58


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:29


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:19


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:36


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

05:49


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:20


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

05:00


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:46


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

03:05


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

03:48


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:22


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:02


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:22


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

04:42


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:06


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

06:20


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:26


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

05:09


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

05:44


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

05:20


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

05:14


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

05:20


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

05:18


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

06:40


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

06:15


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

05:10


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

05:34


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

05:45


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

05:51


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

05:51


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

05:29


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

05:34


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

04:52


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

04:57


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

04:01


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

05:35


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

03:56


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

00:34