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. The Cheese and the Worms: the Cosmos of a 16th-Century Miller by Carlo Ginzburg, translated by John Tedeschi and Anne Tedeschi. Celebrated historian Carlo Ginzburg uncovers the past by telling the stories of the marginalized, the forgotten, and the suppressed. His most.

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Ginzberg used the story of Menocchio, a sixteenth century miller wkrms was twice prosecuted and ultimately condemned by the inquisition for holding and preaching egregiously heretical beliefs.

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I was expecting something along the lines of ‘ A World Lit Only by Fire ,’ or like ‘A Distant Mirror,’ but instead I got an excruciatingly detailed analysis of the reading habits and religious thought processes of a 16th century Miller.

Jul 21, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: We might extend this to the couple of centuries after the invention of printing: The Reformation and the diffusion of printing had been necessary to permit this different culture to come to light. I am sure that part of the problem was that it the book was translated from Italian to English I think.

Because of the first, a simple miller had dared to think of speaking outof voicing his own opinions about the Church and the world. This is portrayed as a true account of historical events and that makes it all the more intriguing.


Domenico Scandella, known as Menocchio, lived from to or After a few years he was released from prison, but he couldn’t stop talking, and ultimately the cardinal and pope put their red slippers down and insisted he be burned at the stake, pronto.

Selected pages Title Page. Buy the selected items together This item: Menocchio spent most of his life as both an idiosyncratic heretic and a well-respected member of his community.

Carlo Ginzburg synthesizes the transcripts seamlessly with the wealth of historical context while acknowledging the lost or concealed truth about peasant culture of this era.

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 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.

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The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller

Learn more about Amazon Prime. Ginzburg’s discovery of Menocchio is a dazzling entry into the historical world of popular culture. I particularly appreciated how Ginzburg’s critical awareness of the sources contrasted with Menocchio’s own sometimes wilful misreadings of the texts he came into contact with.

This was a human reality attainable be humans. The subject matter — and the subject himself Domenico Scandella, a miller who was burned at the stake as a heretic in the 16th century is fascinating. Facinating book, but Ginzburg over-reaches. This is not quite another Montaillou. Jan 06, Jen rated it liked it.


Quindi abbandonate il grembiule e mettetevi comodi. Il formaggio e i vermi The Cheese and the Worms. Il formaggio e i vermi.

Spatial Formations Nigel Thrift No preview available – The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. Yet if we think of our great heretical poet Milton, it is remarkable how many of his unorthodox ideas reproduce in a more sophisticated form those of Menocchio: I couldn’t care about the miller Menocchio anymore than I care about any worma random individual on the street.

Menocchio claimed that he did not believe in the gospels.

The Cheese and the Worms

This book, emblematic of the sub-genre of microhistory, is actually two stories simultaneously playing out on two levels. Lists with This Book.

I kept it because i loved it so much. Many of these books were loaned to Menocchio and were common at the time. Refresh and try again. The period he works with is particularly apt for such explorations of individuals, speci I’ve never had the pleasure of reading about such a well-documented life of any regular person that had lived before the s before, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.