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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It is a non-sequitur: I really recommend reading this book.

Yet even Ginzburg is unable to sketch the contents of this oral culture in any detail. Ginzburg’s concise study was a fine read for a number of reasons. There are certainly pros and cons to a microhistory like this, but in any case it’s a great opportunity to get little glimpses of a non-noble or at least mostly non-noble perspective.


Menocchio are also odd, and they eventually got him burnt. The question is whether there was a real risk that they would be, and here the evidence is twofold. Sono i luterani quelli che sono tenuti a leggere la Bibbia da soli e ad interpretarla; i cattolici, dal canto loro, hanno la Bibbia interpretata dal prete.

I’m still not sure about his conclusions in as much as they are predicated on the suitability of Menocchio, andd single and rather eccentric man, as a means of investigating Friuli peasantry as a whole. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.

Jul 21, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: I’m sure for the right type of history major that is, one that’s interested in actual events in history rather than their theoretical importance this is a revelation. Historian whose fields of interest range from the Italian Renaissance to early modern European Ginzbueg, with contributions in art history, adn studies, popular cultural beliefs, and the theory of historiography.


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

Menocchio was a loner who thought a lot for himself. This concerned the corruption of xianity and the tenets of the Koran. This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear rhe it has insufficient inline citations. Popular religion and the Counter-Reformation. Based on transcripts and letters for his two trials for heresy, Ginzburg attempts to trace the Biography and memoirsBiographyEuropeSouthern EuropeItaly, Religion and theology.

The occupation of miller set Menocchio apart. The inquisitors could easily lead him into logical traps, but could not get him to renounce his deeply-held ideas. Id pair this with “The Faithful Executioner” for the reader who’s interested in seeing how carefree life was for the peasantry during and after the renaissance. Ho cominciato a leggere e mi sono sentita un’ignorantona di prima categoria.

Menocchio had a “tendency to reduce religion to morality”, using this as justification for his blasphemy during his trial because he believed that the only sin was to harm one’s neighbor and that to blaspheme caused no harm to anyone but the blasphemer.

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.

He was reappointed administrator and bought a new mill with his wprms.


The Cheese and the Worms

Based on the testimony from Menocchio’s second trial these books also are known to have been read. Professor Ginzburg compares Montaigne, a contemporary operating at a very different intellectual level, wor,s drew sceptical conclusions from reading descriptions of the natives of America.

Views Read Edit View history. This was portrayed by Luther. He was a miller, who spent nearly all his life in Montereale, a small hill town in the Friuli, part of the Venetian republic.

The literature blends in strangely with much of the lore unique to this miller and his locale But if I ever have a dog I’m naming him Tne, I bet he’ll be a pain in the ass, judging everything I say. Second, because it is a work of rare scholarship that no student should forget, despite the fact that the context in which this book was crafted has significantly changed.

It is a morality rather than a religion.

While the beliefs of the hierarchies ca Fantastic study based on trial records of a sixteenth century Italian miller charged with heresy. All these are more likely than Menocchio tapping into a primeval Indo-European peasant tradition of pantheism untouched by Roman or Christian religion. The book is a notable example of cultural historythe history of mentalities and microhistory.

The work of reconstruction is brilliant, the writing superbly readable, and by the end of the book the reader who has followed Dr.