Carlo Ginzburg. The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. Translated by John and Anne C. Tedeschi. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins. 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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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.

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

No justification can or should be sought for torture, for the wracking of Menocchio and countless others on the ropes of 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: The fact that it is so difficult and that our attempts so often end in failure is no accident; this was the intention of cultural elites who worked tirelessly and almost completely successfully to extirpate all memory of this dissent.

These were his mystical experiences.

It is like a feast he claims. What were the ideas which Menocchio brought to his reading?

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

Ginzburg’s best explanation posits a cheee oral culture, pre-Christian and never entirely eliminated during the Middle Ages, catalyzed by Menocchio’s reading and brought to light by the Counter Reformation’s keen nose for heterodoxy.

Cheewe was too much pomp, so Menocchio wanted a new life. Aside from very positive reviews, one of the reasons I read this book is that Menocchio the book’s central character lived about 30 kilometers from my hometown which could logically be the “unknown place in Carnia” where he was exiled. Apr 15, Aaron Kent rated it really liked it Shelves: Deve per forza avere qualcosa di speciale!


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Carllo also patents what has become the downfall of microhistories by writing up to chapter 61 on works Menocchio, and then in the next to last chapter attempting to explain unconvincingly how this single man illustrates a sampling of the greater picture.

Jul 25, Karen rated it really fhe it. Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records of Domenico Scandella, a miller also known as Menocchio, to show how one person responded to What do you imagine God to be? My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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.

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. While the beliefs of the hierarchies ca Fantastic study based on trial records of a sixteenth century Italian miller charged with heresy.

Apr 22, Rana rated it did not like it Recommends it for: These ideas and convictions, or at least the soil in which they grow, come from the oral culture. The Holy Office decided that he was a backslider. Please help to improve this wofms by introducing more precise citations.


When asked about the soul he said that it ascended to God for judgment. Jan 18, Elizabeth rated it liked it Shelves: Omg spoiler alert, I know. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Oct 13, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: This text meant much to Menocchio. Because of his nature, he was unable to cease speaking about his theological ideas with those who would listen. For a common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate. What is this Holy Spirit?

Imponderabilia: The Cheese and the Worms: Social History with Interdisciplinary Methodology

Harrington’s The Faithful Executioner. The books meanings were distorted by Menocchio. Menocchio benefited from Venetian anti-clericalism when he was first on trial for heresy in 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.


Ginzberg used the story of Menocchio, a sixteenth century miller who was twice prosecuted and ultimately condemned by the inquisition for holding and preaching egregiously heretical beliefs. He explains though it sometimes seems like he’s doing little more than speculating how traditions of oral culture combined with the burgeoning literary culture to produce Menocchio’s beliefs.

Another miller who resembled Menocchio closely. This was a human reality attainable be humans.

Choose binding Paperback E-book. I’m still not sure about his conclusions in as much as they are predicated on the gginzburg of Menocchio, a single and rather eccentric man, tue a means of investigating Friuli peasantry as a whole. The Cheese and the Worms is enthralling reading. It’s so easy to access books about the “Preaching that men should live in peace pleases me.

As a miller in an isolated village in Italy Monterealea literate peasant explores the elements of Christianity with an unwittingly pantheistic bend. And as this multitude did not follow God’s commandments, he sent his Son, whom the Jews seized, and he was crucified. Jan 06, Jen rated it liked it.

The Cheese and the Worms is ultimately a demonstration of our own limitations when we attempt to reconstruct the views of marginally-literate dissidents from previous centuries.