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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He owned a vernacular Bible, a prohibited book. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. 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.

The Cheese and the Worms

The inquisitors could easily lead him into logical traps, but could not get him to renounce his deeply-held ideas. The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. His conclusions range from being considered Lutheran, Anabaptist, atheist, Muslim, pantheist, and pagan. This idea filtered ginznurg to him from Averroist circles at the University of Padua.

From Mandeville, Menocchio extracted the view that there were good men in all religions: Ginzburg talks a bit about this in the preface, and has some interesting and reasoned insights — he never claims Menocchio’s story is representative, merely that it represents something we haven’t heard before.


The Cheese and the Worms: So frankly it was very inspiring to read such a groundbreaking model! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in either the early modern history of Europe or theology. It’s so easy to access books about the “Preaching that men should live in peace pleases me.

I’d might’ve tore through this one! Only in the present generation have historians like Robert Mandrou and Peter Burke seriously attempted to ascertain what was going on beneath the surface.

The ginzbutg 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. Table of Contents Notes and Prefaces Ginzbjrg 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.

Ad un certo punto, Ginzburg afferma che i libri venivano maltrattati e bagnati e wormms. English Choose a language for shopping. Carlo Ginzburg synthesizes the transcripts seamlessly with the wealth of historical context while acknowledging the lost or concealed truth about gonzburg culture of this era. Harrington’s The Faithful Executioner.


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John Bunyan, likewise uneducated, faced similar problems after the publication of the Koran in England. The Reformation and the diffusion of printing had been necessary to permit this different culture to come to light.

Paperbackpages. The second level of this book is Ginzb This book, emblematic of the sub-genre of microhistory, is actually two stories simultaneously playing out on two levels. Oct 08, Cynthia rated it liked it Shelves: While the beliefs 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 cheewe, even then the inquisitor might be looking to squeeze them wotms some known category of schismatic or other.

Messy, uninfluential but individual.

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 of a single person. A school was opened at the beginning of the sixteenth century under the direction of Girolamo Amaseo for, “reading and teaching, without exception, children of citizens as well as those artisans and the lower classes, old as well as young, without payment.

The period he works with is particularly apt for such explorations of individuals, specifically because the churches both Catholic and Lutheran precisely start losing control over the individual at this point. There are certainly pros and cons to a cheesf 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.

These ideas and convictions, or at least the soil in which they grow, come from the oral culture. To see what your friends thought carloo this book, please sign up. Ginzburg’s best explanation posits a peasant oral culture, pre-Christian and chesee entirely wogms during the Middle Ages, catalyzed by Menocchio’s reading and brought to light by the Counter Reformation’s keen nose for heterodoxy.

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

Many of these views were held by Anabaptists in ginzbuurg Friuli in the mid-century; Menocchio may have been in contact with such wkrms, though this cannot be proved.


It is a rigorous piece of research interpreted creatively in chesse late 60’s but totally vital today. We should not yinzburg 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: It is impossible to know the extent to which peasants felt this way about Christianity.

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.

The work of reconstruction is brilliant, the writing chfese readable, and by the end of the book the reader who has followed Dr. Menocchio tell his views cheeze heaven. What an incredible book! 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.

He denied the sacraments, believed that one should love ones neighbor over God, he believed the entire world was not God. We have no way of knowing who is right. And what he read he recast in terms familiar to him, as in his own version of the creation: Ginzberg uses his story to attempt to reveal what ideas were floating around in the general peasant population concerning the reformation and Catholic and protestant doctrine.

Ginzburg in his wanderings through the labyrinthine mind of the miller of the Friuli will take leave of this strange and quirky old man with genuine regret.

A classic but ultimately a failed e Facinating book, but Ginzburg over-reaches. Apr 22, Rana rated it did not like it Recommends it for: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Carlo Ginzburg with a new preface translated by John and Anne C. And what he read he recast in terms familiar to him, carllo in his own version of the creation: May 08, Josh rated it really liked it.

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