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Caffiero, Marina
Battesimi forzati. English
Forced baptisms : histories of Jews, Christians, and converts in papal Rome / Marina Caffiero ; translated by Lydia G. Cochrane
Alternate Title Histories of Jews, Christians, and converts in papal Rome
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2012
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  BX1548.R6 C34 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject Rome (Italy) -- Church history
Subject(s) Catholic converts -- Italy -- Rome -- History
Jews -- Italy -- Rome -- History
Subject Benedict XIV, Pope, 1675-1758
Subject(s) Papacy -- History
Physical Description x, 317 p. ; 24 cm
Note "This book was previously published as Battesimi Forzati by Marina Caffiero, Viella, 2005"--t.p. verso
Includes bibliographical references (p. 287-301) and index
Contents Negotiated relations: popes, the church, the Jews -- Favor fidei: the birth of a new jurisprudence -- Offerings of Jewish infants to the Catholic faith -- Cruel grandparents -- Denunciations and retractions -- Baptisms, doctrines, rites, and symbols -- Plural identities: neophytes male and female
Summary "This book makes use of newly available archival sources to reexamine the Roman Catholic Church's policy, from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, of coercing the Jews of Rome into converting to Christianity. Marina Caffiero, one of the first historians permitted access to these important archives, sets individual stories of denunciation, betrayal, pleading, and conflict into historical context to highlight the Church's actions and the Jewish response. Caffiero documents the regularity with which Jews were abducted from the Roman ghetto and pressured to accept baptism. She analyzes why some Jewish men, interested in gaining a business advantage, were more inclined to accept conversion than women. The book exposes the complexity of relations between the papacy and the Jews, revealing the Church, not as a monolithic entity, but as a network of competing institutions, and affirming the Roman Jews as active agents of resistance."--book jacket
Language Translated from the Italian
Series S. Mark Taper Foundation imprint in Jewish studies
Alternate Author Cochrane, Lydia G

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