CELEBRATING THE CONVERSION OF A JEW TO CATHOLICISM

Arrolandosi sotto le insegne di Gesù Cristo col prender l’acqua del santo battesimo nell’insigne cattedrale di Vicenza, il signor Marco Mortera ebreo che prende il nome di Arnaldo Niccolò Tornievo, sonetto presentato al nobile D. Bartolommeo Callini degli Olivetani, Lettore di sacra teologia e zelantissimo catechista del neofito.

Vicenza, Tipografia Paroni, 1802.

Folio broadsheet (380 x 270 mm); at some point folded in four; a beautiful, clean copy, excellently preserved.

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Arrolandosi sotto le insegne di Gesù Cristo col prender l’acqua del santo battesimo nell’insigne cattedrale di Vicenza, il signor Marco Mortera ebreo che prende il nome di Arnaldo Niccolò Tornievo, sonetto presentato al nobile D. Bartolommeo Callini degli Olivetani, Lettore di sacra teologia e zelantissimo catechista del neofito.

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Unrecorded broadsheet celebrating the conversion to Catholicism of Marco Mortera, a Jew from Vicenza.

Mortera, who in renouncing Judaism took the Christian name of Arnaldo Niccolò Tornievo, was led through his process of conversion and catechised by the Olivetan monk Bartolommeo Callini, lecturer of theology, and author of the celebrative sonnet.

Jewish conversions to Catholicism were not uncommon, although often the result of coercion or pressure by the surrounding Christian society, but any non-official or secular documents recording them are very rare.

We have been unable to locate another copy of this broadsheet, nor any further information about Mortera or Callini.

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