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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Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records of Domenico Scandella, a miller also known as Menocchio, to show how one person responded to the confusing political thd religious conditions of his time.

Ginsburg culled the ancient records of Mennochio’s two trials and presented his finds in a compelling and easy read narrative. Who knew OK a lot of scholars but not someone like me grain grinding mills where the Starbucks of their day where people would gather, talk and debate.

Aug 30, Autumn rated it liked it Shelves: Carlo – I am sorry, but your book ‘The Cheese and the Worms’ was a chore to finish. Every person considers his faith to be correct. Especially since this book is continually praised as an example of how you can tell an important tale without more than a close analysis of a single person’s life thus triumphs the qualitative researcher!

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. A short historical work attempts to look into the cosmos of a 16th-century miller in the north of Italy.

The Cheese and the Worms

Thanks to the second, words were at his disposal to express the obscure, inarticulate vision of the world that fermented within him. Though not my typical pick, this book read for my Honors class demonstrates the immense hypocrisy of the Catholic Church during the Baroque Period.

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I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of nonfiction and historical texts. 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. The Bishop believed that he was actually converted and allowed him to return home. It is impossible to know the extent to which peasants felt this way about Christianity.

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.

For a common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate. And when reading the premises of the book a world coagulating like cheese, and God and the Angels being wormsas well as the first chapters, I was expecting Menocchio to come out like some of our well loved but often mocked village originals, loudly proclai 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.

They offer as much of a clue as what people actually believed as the writings of a Luther or Zwingli and an insight with its images of mouldy cheese and God as master builder with sub-contracted angels creating the world into just how divergent the reception of ideas could be.

Here by contrast are an individuals beliefs. Yet if we think of our great heretical poet Milton, it is remarkable how many of his unorthodox ideas reproduce in a more sophisticated form those of Menocchio: For a common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate.


This is a microhistory of a sixteenth century Italian miller, whose heretical beliefs brought him to the attention of chrese Inquisition.

History books about Italy books Anthropology books Counter-Reformation. Menocchio was a loner who thought a lot for himself. First, this new edition is a timely update. Preface to the Edition.

I have to admit I was looking for something a little more heavy on theory. For a common The Cheese and the Worms is a study of the popular culture ginzurg the sixteenth century as seen through the eyes of one man, a miller brought to trial during the Inquisition. His conclusions range from being considered Lutheran, Anabaptist, atheist, Muslim, pantheist, and pagan.

The Cheese and the Worms

Again, in Menocchio we have a unique case of a literate peasant. This book is so hyped in academic circles, that it was perhaps setting itself up as a disappointment before I even cracked it open.

Table of Contents Notes and Prefaces The Cheese and the Worms is an incisive study of popular culture in the sixteenth ginzubrg 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.

Because of the first, a simple miller had dared to think annd speaking outof voicing his own opinions about the Church and the world.

Jun 29, Nick rated it really liked it. His books and writings were confiscated.