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. Professor Ginzburg’s book deals with an isolated heretical individual, not with a heretical . The Cheese and the Worms is enthralling reading. Carlo Ginzburg. The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. Translated by John and Anne C. Tedeschi. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins.

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The Cheese and the Worms

Il formaggio e i vermi is a scholarly work by the Italian historian Carlo Ginzburg. This is not quite another Montaillou. The fact that Mennochio, our miller, had access to books, was able to read and write very unusual for a rural peasant coupled with an inquisitive mind could produce someone who questioned the established views.

Join our email listserv and receive monthly updates on the latest titles. He writes a letter to the judges to ask for his forgiveness. Biography and memoirsBiographyEuropeSouthern EuropeItaly, Religion and theology.

Ginzburg talks a bit about this in the preface, and has some interesting and reasoned insights — he never claims Menocchio’s story is representative, merely that it represents something we haven’t heard before.

The Cheese and the Worms: 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.

This was done for reasons both moral the genuine desire for spiritual improvement and political the destruction of Protestantismand there is often much overlap between these categories.

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

Insomma, per essere il Cinquecento in Friuli la cosa era particolarmente interessante. 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 ginzbury any interest were not worth the cost of reading the rest of the book.

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This distinction is not found in the trial records of or the first half of those frombut under the pressure of the inquisitor, Menocchio begins splitting this particular hair.

The book is a notable example of cultural historythe history of mentalities and microhistory. For a chedse compelling historical biography of the era, see Joel F. Poi, grazie ad una minuziosa ricerca negli archivi, vinzburg la storia del Menocchio, al tempo Domenico Scandella.

The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller – Carlo Ginzburg – Google Books

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.

Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks to the second, words were at his disposal to express the obscure, inarticulate vision of the world that fermented within him. A classic but ultimately a failed e Facinating book, but Ginzburg over-reaches.

Menocchio tell his views on heaven. Choose binding Paperback E-book. They offer as much of a clue as what people actually believed as the writings of a Luther or Zwingli and an insight with its images of mouldy cheese and Ahd as master builder with sub-contracted angels creating the world into just how divergent the reception of ideas could be.

The Inquisition targeted Menocchio not for arbitrary or merely punitive purposes, but because they rightly ascertained the very real threat he posed to Catholic hegemony in the hills of Friuli. View all 3 comments.

What comes out of this is an interesting story about a crazy miller who didn’t know when to shut ginzburt, so I recommend it for that. For a common The Cheese and the Worms is a study of the wormms culture in the sixteenth century as seen through the eyes of one man, a miller brought to trial during the Inquisition. Though not my typical pick, this book read for my Honors class demonstrates the immense hypocrisy of the Catholic Church during the Baroque Period.


Apr 15, Aaron Kent rated it really liked it Shelves: Cheese served to illustrate some sort of ‘chaos’, or productive nature prior to divine inspiration Jun 29, Nick rated it really liked it. So the problem which Professor Ginzburg attacks is to identify and account for these convictions, which Menocchio did not get from his reading but brought to wor,s. To ask other readers questions about The Cheese and the Wormsplease sign up.

First it was unique. Only in the present generation have historians like Robert Mandrou and Peter Burke seriously attempted to ascertain what was going on beneath the surface. This was a human ginzburv attainable be humans.

What is this Holy Spirit? Ginzburg’s discovery of Giinzburg is a dazzling entry into the historical world of popular culture. And a lot of the other ideas of the miller Domenico Scandella, a.

Menocchio rejected original sin, believed that Christ was a man. Ginzburg describes another miller living at the same time in the mountains of Modena who had similar heresies to Menocchio. All these are more likely than Menocchio eorms into a primeval Indo-European peasant tradition of pantheism untouched by Roman or Christian religion.

Want to Read saving…. While many things were said by Menocchio during the trial, perhaps his greatest fault was his statement so many muddled statements! That said, as the first in its field, and wors a highly intriguing study about a most interesting man, the work merits reading and re-reading — once for content and a second for technique.