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. Carlo Ginzburg. The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. Translated by John and Anne C. Tedeschi. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins. Professor Ginzburg’s book deals with an isolated heretical individual, not with a heretical . The Cheese and the Worms is enthralling reading.

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Showing of 56 reviews. Menocchio rejected original sin, believed that Christ was a man. Really one of the best books I’ve read in grad school so far, or at least the one I’ve had the most enthusiastic response to. The question chedse whether there was a real risk that they would be, and here the evidence is twofold.

The Cheese and the Worms

Again a misreading of a text. Ginzburg writes an excellent microhistory, however it drags a bit when Ginzburg addresses the trials and works that took place. The fact that Mennochio, our miller, had access to books, was able to read and write very unusual for a rural peasant coupled with an inquisitive mind could produce someone who questioned the established views.

And as this multitude did not follow God’s commandments, he sent his Son, whom the Jews seized, and he was crucified. The literature blends in strangely with much of the lore unique to this miller and his locale This text meant much to Menocchio. Quotes from The Cheese and th Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. There are many reasons why Menocchio may believe what he seems to believe.

One of those little cabinets of wonder. There is no evidence that Menocchio had read Servetus, whose heresies certainly circulated widely in Italy, not only among the learned.

The period he works with is particularly apt for such explorations of individuals, speci Ginzbuurg never had the pleasure of reading about ginzbufg a well-documented life of any regular person that had lived before the s before, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. These were his mystical experiences. The second level of this book is Ginzburg’s quest to reconstruct how Menocchio came to his bizarre cosmology, which at various points seem to correspond to other movements—Lutheranism, Venetian Anabaptism, Socinianism, radical humanism, and even Hinduism, shamanism, and ancient Greek philosophy—but in its entirety cannot be identified with any of them.


The poor man was put on trial twice, the second time being condemned to burn at the stake. The Cheese and the Worms: The book examines the beliefs and world-view of Menocchio — ginzzburg, also known as Domenico Scandella, who was an Italian miller from the village of Monterealetwenty-five kilometers north of Pordenone. Messy, uninfluential but individual. He toned down and simplified his esoteric ideas for the public.

Dec 26, Gilles Candotti rated it it was amazing. Popular fhe and the Counter-Reformation.

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While the cheesr of the hierarchies can be listed and referenced to published works the actual beliefs of their followers remain unknown unless they happened to run foul of the heresy courts in one jurisdiction or another, even then the inquisitor might be looking to squeeze them into some known category of schismatic or other.

It’s made a huge splash in The Study of Old Things, though, so I’m not surprised it finally showed up in a class of mine on the reading list. All these are more likely than Menocchio tapping into a primeval Indo-European peasant tradition of pantheism untouched by Roman or Christian religion.

The Cheese and the Gginzburg 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 anx accused of heresy during the Inquisition and sentenced to death. The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. It anr a non-sequitur: I really recommend reading this book. Return to Book Page. Professor Ginzburg stresses that the peasant culture existed in its own right, and was not merely the cast-off ideas of a higher culture.

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 cheesd a single person.


The writing is vibrant.

Ok, I’m leaving the rating at 3,5 stars. Fino a che non arriva il rogo He also probably read the Koran, of which an Italian translation appeared in Venice in Many of these books were loaned to Menocchio and were common at the time.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In his trial testimony he made references to more than a dozen books, including the Bible, Boccaccio’s DecameronMandeville’s Travelsand a “mysterious” book that may have been the Koran.

I’m sure for the right type of history major that is, one that’s interested in actual events aorms history rather than their theoretical importance this is a revelation. Fantastic study based on trial records of a sixteenth century Italian miller charged with heresy.

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Carlo – I am sorry, but your book ‘The Cheese and the Worms’ was a chore to finish. Some he owned, others he borrowed. I had no idea that anyone stood up to the inquisition and managed to survive at least for a while. 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 sentenced to death.

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A classic but ultimately a failed excercise. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. For a common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate.

He was sent to prison for the rest of his life. But it shares some of the qualities of that marvellous book.