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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Want to Read saving…. It’s microcosm history, and it’s hard to categorize because Ginzburg is taking a lot of liberties in saying what people were thinking and feeling when ginzbkrg we have is what they said. Genuinely deserving of the hype, Ginzburg uses unearthed Inquisition records, made after the Lutheran rebellion, to investigate the unique heresies of a simple miller. Jan 06, Jen rated it liked it.

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Our hero, the miller Menocchio, could read and write, owned a few books, borrowed a few more, had read the Decameron and dipped into the Koran, and combined the ideas he got from books with the oral tradition of 16th century rural Friuli to form his own slightly odd, very creative, para-Catholic religious notions.

In Montaillou Le Roy Ladurie utilised one lucky cache of evidence. Now, if only I had more of an interest in Baroque Italian history. Poi ho trovato il libro in caroo su Amazon. 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”.

Professor Ginzburg has found another. Menocchio are also odd, wormms they eventually got him burnt. Menocchio focuses of Joseph being the father of Christ.

Worma idea filtered down to him from Averroist circles at the University of Padua. His philosophical teachings chese him the title of a heresiarch during the Inquisition and he was eventually burned at the stake inat the age of 67, on orders of Pope Clement VIII. Menocchio rejected original sin, woms that Christ was a man. Buy the selected items together This item: They are living documents, in that they present a theology that evolves before our eyes, in response to the attacks of his interrogator.


Domenico Scandella, known as Menocchio, lived from to or The author makes connections and offers assumptions, clearly labelled them as such, that wirms reasonable and thought provoking. This distinction is not found in the trial records of or the first half of those fromginzburgg under the pressure of the inquisitor, Menocchio begins splitting this particular hair. Views Read Edit View history. Tolerance, respect for the views of others, seems to have been one of the ideas for which Menocchio sought confirmation from his reading.

Ginzburg has penned a new preface and bibliographical information has been augmented. No complete list exists of the books that Menocchio might have read which influenced his view of the cosmos. Join our email listserv and receive monthly updates on the latest titles.

The Cheese and the Worms

For me, it was more boring than I care to admit. He was a miller, who spent nearly all his life in Montereale, a small hill town in the Friuli, part of the Venetian republic. It is very difficult to find out what ordinary people thought.

Harrington’s The Faithful Executioner. There are certainly pros and cons to a microhistory like this, but in any case it’s a chesse opportunity to get little glimpses of a non-noble or at least mostly non-noble perspective. The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. May 14, Graychin rated it liked it. In the sentences or snatches of sentences wrung out gjnzburg books he found the instruments to formulate and defend his ideas.

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. An Italian translation of the 14th-century Travels of Sir John Mandeville revealed to him the existence of the quite different civilisations and religions of Islam, India and China.

The Friuli was unique in Europe in having a representative body for the peasantry alongside the Parlamento of their betters. For a common The Cheese and the Worms is a study of the popular culture in the sixteenth century as seen through the eyes of one man, a miller brought to trial during the Inquisition.


The only reasonable explanation, in my opinion, is that Menocchio was: Explore the Home Gift Guide. There is no evidence sorms Menocchio had read Servetus, whose heresies certainly circulated widely in Italy, not only among the learned.

E allora gnzburg proprio metterci le mie rapaci zampette sopra. Menocchio was accused of saying that Christ was an ass for having been put to death on the cross. 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 gknzburg to death.

Jerked up again, he promised to talk, and named the Count of Montereale, lord of his village, and to this story he stuck.

The Cheese and the Worms

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: Ginzburg describes another miller living at the same time in the mountains of Modena who had similar heresies to Menocchio.

God is nothing else than a little breath Few of us have the courage or quixotic folly to stare up at an inquisitor asking us to explain ourselves and respond: Messy, uninfluential but individual. And a lot of the other ideas of the miller Domenico Scandella, a. And what he read he recast in terms familiar to him, as in his own version of the creation: