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

It is impossible to know the extent to which peasants felt this way about Christianity. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The Cheese and the Worms is enthralling reading.

May 08, Caelo rated it really liked it. While many things were said by Menocchio during the trial, perhaps his greatest fault was his statement so many muddled statements!


His approach appears unbiased as he explores not only the perspective of Menocchio ginxburg also that of his inquisitors who fell under indescribable pressure from their superiors in the Catholic hierarchy. Gknzburg editions – View all The Cheese and the Worms: Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Buy the selected items together This item: First, this new edition is a timely update. I did not like the topic as compared to other topics about which I have read, but the technique and artistry of the author and the ingenuity of Menocchio prove to rectify the iniquities of the Church. Il formaggio e i vermi.

The Cheese and the Worms

What do you imagine God to be? 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.


Wroms 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. The precision with which the church set out to find heretics and witches, and their concern for following strict procedures is almost funny when you consider that they were trying to suppress free thought.

But if I ever have a dog I’m naming him Menocchio, I bet he’ll be a pain in the ass, judging everything I say.

Genuinely deserving of the hype, Ginzburg uses unearthed Inquisition records, made after the Lutheran rebellion, to investigate the unique heresies of a simple miller. This was the first ground breaking micro history ever written and still stands the test of time. That makes it all just seem like tenuous speculation. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

The writing is vibrant. Fasulo ha cominciato il suo racconto citando un articolo di The New Yorkerquesto in cui l’autore citava proprio il Menocchio per il fatto che era finito sul rogo a causa delle sue credenze religiose. Who knew OK a lot of scholars but not someone like me grain grinding mills where the Starbucks of their day where people would gather, talk and debate.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Over all this particular edition is good quality and a great book for academic use. So we are brought back to the two-way transmission of ideas from popular to upper-class culture: 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 O.


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. 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. A short historical work attempts to look into the cosmos of a 16th-century miller in the north of Italy.

Menocchio is a wonderful guy to read about, alternately audacious and very sad. He had originally attributed his ideas to “diabolical inspiration” and the influence of the devil before admitting cyeese he had simply thought up the ideas himself. I loved the title The Friuli was unique in Europe in having a representative body for the peasantry alongside the Parlamento of their betters.

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.

Menocchio now claimed that the soul perished with the body and that the spirit was immortal. Ok, I’m leaving the rating at 3,5 stars.

There was too much pomp, so Menocchio wanted a new life. The Johns Hopkins University Press. In any case, I wanted more theory and less story.