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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Poi ho trovato il libro in offerta su Amazon. Only in the present generation have historians like Robert Mandrou and Peter Burke seriously attempted to ascertain what was going on beneath the surface. Omg spoiler alert, I know.

This also exemplifies utopian literature. Ginzburg has penned a new preface and bibliographical information has been augmented.

Nov 25, George rated it did not like it. This book is so hyped in academic circles, that it was perhaps setting itself up as a worme before I even cracked it open.

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

View all 3 comments. Harrington’s Ginzzburg Faithful Executioner. We might extend this to the couple of centuries after the invention of printing: 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. Over all this particular edition is good quality and a great book tye academic use.

A really fascinating book, and I’d guess that would still be true even if you’re not usually a big history reader. The author uses Menocchio’s references to books he has read to argue for a relationship between “high” culture and “popular” culture in ginznurg lives of peasants such that the peasants are neither accepting unquestioned the culture handed down to them by dominant social groups nor creating spontaneously ginzburf self-contained peasant culture.

Aug 30, Mark Bowles rated it really liked it. What this demonstrates is that the peasant culture within Montereale saw this man named Menocchio as a harmless thinker, breaching subjects which were frightening because of the wrath of the Catholic Church yet intriguing.

All’inizio, l’autore presenta il suo concetto di storia dal basso wrms il suo metodo di lavoro. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. The historian in me just can’t quite handle the leaps Ginzburg makes from the available evidence, though, so I’m really unsure if I will hang on to it. Many of these views were held by Anabaptists in the Friuli in the mid-century; Menocchio may have been in contact with such groups, though this cannot ginzbugr proved.


While the beliefs of gihzburg 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.

The answer of the Roman church to this and so much more that the miller would think and say was death by immolation, as it would be for so many others who dared to question the theocratic power of the times. Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records of Domenico Scandella, a miller also known as Wors, to show how one person responded to the confusing wors and religious conditions of his time. It is a morality rather than a religion. When Ginzberg found himself in this said predicament, his resolution was to grasp at straws and attempt to cheede broad claims for which his work did not lay the proper foundation to support.

Menocchio benefited from Venetian anti-clericalism when he was first on trial for heresy in I always wondered was it just about religion or was it a social movement. Il Menocchio andava a Venezia a procurarseli e li leggeva attentamente e ci rimuginava sopra. The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller.

Despite his anomalous approach to religion his village finds him an amiable personality, failing to report him to the Holy Office for well over thirty years. E allora dovevo proprio metterci le mie rapaci zampette sopra. And of course, his belief that man has “seven souls, two spirits and a body”, his social rebellion against the priests who “sell merchandise” his personal judgement on the various sacraments, make for a highly original character.

Aug 30, Autumn rated it liked it Shelves: Tolerance, respect for the views of others, seems to have been one of the ideas for which Menocchio sought confirmation from his reading.

Overall, the book was enjoyable. Menocchio are also odd, and they eventually got him burnt. In his trial testimony he made references to more than a ginzhurg books, including the Bible, Boccaccio’s Decameron, Mandeville’s Travels, and a “mysterious” book that may have been the Koran. Again, in Menocchio we have a unique case of a literate peasant. Ginzburg then goes on to explore the books known to be in possession of Menocchio, and you start realising how Menocchio has been influenced by available litterature ; delving into the books you realise that, indeed, Menocchio had “a subtle mind from which he got his ideas” ; and also realize how much the times were in upheaval through Reformation and Printing.


He was a miller, who spent nearly all his life in Montereale, a small hill town in the Friuli, part of the Venetian republic. 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.

Oct 08, Cynthia rated it liked it Shelves: Oct 13, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: Millers were prominent ginzburgg medieval heretical sects and among 16th-century Anabaptists. He owned a vernacular Bible, a prohibited book. More positively, Menocchio accepted a sort of materialist pantheism, such as was to be reproduced in midth-century England by Ranters and Thf Winstanley.

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

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. Ginzburg is a historian with an insatiable curiosity, who pursues even the faintest of clues anr all the zest of a born detective until every fragment of evidence can be fitted into place. Il formaggio e i vermi is a scholarly work by the Italian historian Carlo Amd. 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.

These were his mystical experiences. However, the investigations of Menocchio point toward an expanse of peasant oral culture, which thankfully, had an opportunity to surface in the transcripts of Menocchio’s two inquisitions. Pages with related products. Carlo – I am sorry, but your book ‘The Cheese and the Worms’ was a chore to finish. 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.