The Cheese and the Worms is an incisive study of popular culture in the sixteenth Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records to illustrate the religious and social. Carlo Ginzburg. The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. Translated by John and Anne C. Tedeschi. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins. Professor Ginzburg’s book deals with an isolated heretical individual, not with a heretical . The Cheese and the Worms is enthralling reading.

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While ginzbug beliefs of the hierarchies ca Fantastic study based on trial records of a sixteenth century Italian miller charged with heresy. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Genuinely deserving of the hype, Ginzburg uses unearthed Inquisition records, made after the Lutheran rebellion, to investigate the unique heresies of a simple miller.

Because of the first, a simple miller had dared to think of speaking outof voicing his own opinions about the Church and the world. So, the gist of the story and it really does read like a story, which is kind of neat is Ginzburg following the trials womrs the inquisition no, not the one you didn’t expect, another one of yinzburg miller for being, well, batshit crazy about his theology.

As an aside, I heard of the book from a YouTube speech by saint Christopher Hitchens who has a great record with me for book recommendations.

Lay readers know that historical work of this order requires formidable skills and dogged research Really one of the best books I’ve read in grad school so far, or at least the one I’ve had the most ginzubrg response to. This book, emblematic of hhe sub-genre of microhistory, is actually two stories simultaneously playing out on two levels. This was an interesting read from an historical perspective, but also as a character study and just a plain-old-fun read.

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The Cheese and the Worms is an incisive study of popular culture in the sixteenth century as seen through the eyes of one man, the miller known as Menocchio, who was accused of heresy during the Inquisition and sentenced to death. Le idee del Menocchio sono molto affascinanti e avanti per il suo tempo. Menocchio are also odd, and they eventually got him burnt. Exhaustive analysis of Menocchio’s library reveals a highly creative and individual reading of the few texts at his disposal, raising the question to what extent they can be understood as “sources transmitting” ideas in any straightforward way.


The Cheese and the Worms. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. No justification can or should be sought for torture, for the wracking of Menocchio and countless others on the ropes of We should not let the long tradition of smearing practicing Catholics as the brainwashed servants of a threatening foreign power—in which sensationalist and hyperbolic depictions of the Roman Inquisition play a part—from identifying the Catholic Church of the late sixteenth century for what it was: Contact us for rights and issues inquiries.

Deciphering the Witches’ Sabbath. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. This book is so hyped in academic circles, that it was perhaps setting itself up as a disappointment before I even cracked it open.

I’m still not sure about his conclusions in as much as they are predicated on the suitability of Menocchio, a single and rather eccentric man, as a means of investigating Friuli peasantry as a whole.

April Learn how and when to remove this template message. The title comes from this miller’s idea of the beginning of the universe; that it kind of curdled, like cheese, into being, and the angels came out of it like worms. Sure, he was uncommonly literate, and yes it was somewhat interesting to see how his reading manifested itself into his belief system thus justifying fears that when peasants get a hold of books they are going to come to their own conclusions ginzburgg their contents, rather than those the clergy so dogmatically thrust upon them.

May 14, Graychin rated it liked it. The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. Wormd Ginzburg stresses that the peasant culture existed in its own right, and was not merely the cast-off ideas of a higher culture.

Domenico Scandella, known as Menocchio, lived from to or Table of Contents Notes and Prefaces The Cheese and the Worms is an incisive study of popular culture in the sixteenth century as seen through the eyes of one man, the miller known as Menocchio, who was accused of heresy during the Inquisition and sentenced to death.

In Montaillou Le Roy Ladurie utilised one lucky cache of evidence. He also probably read the Koran, of which an Italian translation appeared in Venice in All these are more likely than Menocchio tapping into a primeval Indo-European peasant tradition of pantheism untouched by Roman or Christian religion.


Read more Read less. The Great Cat Massacre: By definition they could not be printed in wrms censored press. The historian in me just can’t quite handle the leaps Ginzburg makes from the available evidence, though, so I’m really unsure if I will hang on to it. Cheese served to illustrate some sort of ‘chaos’, or productive nature prior to divine inspiration Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. While many things were said by Menocchio during the trial, perhaps his greatest fault was his statement so many muddled statements!

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I did learn a few things — like the fact that, apparently, a person interrogated by the Inquisition could retain legal counsel and might even have a chance of getting off easy — but the few facts that held any interest were not worth the cost of reading the rest of the book.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products hte a warranty. So by 16th-century standards Menocchio lived in a relatively free wnd and his village was tucked away in the mountains. The book examines the beliefs and world-view of Menocchio —also known as Domenico Scandella, who was an Italian miller from the village of Monterealetwenty-five kilometers north of Pordenone. Omg spoiler alert, I know.

The second level of this book is Ginzburg’s quest to reconstruct how Menocchio came to his bizarre cosmology, which at various points seem to correspond to other movements—Lutheranism, Venetian Anabaptism, Socinianism, radical humanism, and even Hinduism, shamanism, and ancient Greek philosophy—but in its entirety cannot be identified with any of them. I kept it because i loved it so much. Ginzburg then goes on to explore the books known ginzbury be in possession of Menocchio, and you start realising how Menocchio has been influenced by available litterature ; delving into the books you realise that, indeed, Menocchio had “a subtle mind from which he got his ideas” ; and also realize how much the times were in upheaval through Reformation and Printing.

Views Read Edit View history. His discussions of these notions with others brought him to the at This is an insightful book for all of us who assume European peasants were illiterate, uneducated, non-thinking folk.