Kidnapped: The Abduction Of Edgardo Mortara

As the Italian provinces gradually coalesced into a single nation from 1859 onwards, a process known as the Risorgimento, the emerging new state was convulsed by a scandal that pitted the Vatican against the forces of secularism and liberalism. In 1858, Edgardo Mortara, the sixth child of Salamone (Momolo) and Marianna, was removed by papal […]