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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. The Cheese and the Worms has ratings and reviews. Jan-Maat Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records of Domenico Scandella, a miller also known as.

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The translation, which must have been difficult, reads excellently. That makes it all just seem like tenuous speculation. Trivia About The Cheese and th God of nature 23 Thethree rings 24 Written culture andoral culture.

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Biography and memoirsBiographyEuropeSouthern EuropeItaly, Religion and theology. He went so far as to say that Jesus was born of man and Mary was not a virgin, that the Pope had no power given to him from God but simply exemplified the qualities of a good manand that Christ had not died to “redeem humanity”. The church did not act properly. Some of the most interesting pages in this cqrlo book grapple with the problem of identifying the ideas of this oral peasant culture.

Log In Register for Online Access. He owned a vernacular Bible, a prohibited book. As a result, the reader is witness to a collision between two worlds, that of the oral culture of the peasant and the literate culture of the aristocracy. What Ginzburg is doing and, then, his translators, the Tedeschis is taking the handful of sources we have that document Menocchio’s trials and filling in the blanks to create a coherent story. 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.

Many of these views were held by Anabaptists in the Friuli in the mid-century; Menocchio may have been in contact with such groups, though this cannot be proved. It’s so easy to access books about the “Preaching that men should live in peace pleases me. This also exemplifies utopian literature.

Menocchio is a wonderful guy to read about, alternately audacious and very sad. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in either the early modern history of Europe or theology. This is not quite another Montaillou.

Deve per forza avere qualcosa di speciale! So it’s not straight-up history, but then it’s not fiction, either, because we really do have all of these documents left behind evidenced in the endnotes, which you can skip reading and still understand what’s going on–he wrote it that way, actually, and has no numbers anywhere, which took some getting used to. Carlo Ginzburg with a new preface translated by John and Anne C.


The second level of this book is Ginzb This book, emblematic of the sub-genre of microhistory, is actually two stories simultaneously playing out on two levels. This page was last edited on 29 Octoberat The renewed vigor, and consequent cruelty, of the Church during the Counter-Reformation meant that, barring overly literal counter-factuals i.

Ginzburg’s discovery of Menocchio is a dazzling entry into the historical world of popular culture. Dec 26, Gilles Candotti rated it it was amazing.

Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records to illustrate the religious and social conflicts of the society Menocchio lived in. Availability Text Usually ships business days after receipt of order. There is something beautifully egalitarian about the very idea of such an approach, but what makes the book truly fascinating is Ginzburg’s ability to paint an image of the wider early Modern peasant society based on this story of a single person.

An Italian translation of the 14th-century Tge of Sir John Mandeville revealed to him the existence of the quite different civilisations and religions of Islam, India and China. Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records of Domenico Scandella, a miller also known as Menocchio, to show how one person responded to the confusing political and religious conditions of his time.

We know enough, however, to look more closely at the cathedral of Western Christendom, to notice the cracks in its foundation and in its stained glass, cracks that seemed to but did not really appear and suddenly crumble in the Enlightenment. It’s so easy to access books about the rich and powerful in Renaissance Italy; seldom can one get a detailed presentation of person living a fairly common life. The transcript of Menocchio’s agonies reads: 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.

On the most obvious level, it follows the life and troubles of an early-modern Italian ghe, Menocchio. This idea filtered down to him from Averroist circles at the University of Padua.

It is in this hearing that he explained his cosmology about “the cheese and the worms”, the title of Carlo Ginzburg ‘s microhistory of Menocchio and andd of much that is known of this 16th-century miller.

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The Cheese and the Worms

Menocchio was a literate peasant a rarity so it’s tempting to This mirco-history concerns the life and times of one Domenico Scandella, a miller known as ‘Menocchio’, who was put on trial during the Inquisition for conceiving of and promulgating a blasphemous cosmos in a town of the north-eastern Italian state of Friuli.

Alas, I found some of Menocchio’s musings to be a little tedious—I wish I could share my fellow readers’ fascination on the subject. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I liked it all right. Its beliefs were loosely formulated and varied from place to place: In his trial testimony he made references to more than a dozen books, including the Bible, Boccaccio’s Decameron, Mandeville’s Travels, and a “mysterious” book that may have been the Koran.

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.

Ginzburg identifies rationalism, scepticism, materialism, egalitarian utopianism and religious naturalism as permanent characteristics of this culture. This concerned the corruption of xianity and the tenets of the Koran.

His conclusions range from being considered Lutheran, Anabaptist, atheist, Muslim, pantheist, and pagan. God is nothing else than a little breath Genuinely deserving of the hype, Ginzburg uses unearthed Inquisition records, made after the Lutheran rebellion, to investigate the unique heresies of a simple miller.


When Ginzberg found himself in this said predicament, his resolution was to grasp at straws and attempt to make broad claims for which his work did not lay the proper foundation to support.

The subject matter — and the subject himself Domenico Scandella, a miller who was burned at fheese stake as a heretic in the 16th century is fascinating. 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.

He knew some of his thoughts were dangerous, but he found the captive audience of his judges irresistible, and poured out his ideas to them with the wildest imprudence, only occasionally checked by a transparent cunning.