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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Explore the Home Gift Guide. Jul 25, Karen rated it really liked it. It deals with conscience, the need of a man to tell his truth to the world, something much needed nowadays.

The Cheese and the Worms

Oct 02, Barbara Hansen rated it liked it Shelves: This page was last edited on 29 Octoberat The inquisitor claimed Menocchio was a heretic. As a miller in an isolated village in Italy Monterealea literate peasant explores the elements of Christianity with an unwittingly pantheistic bend.

The central metaphor of his cosmic fantasy is ‘the cheese and the worms’, or, more to the point, the relationship between the cheese and its ‘spontaneous generation’ of worms.

Quotes from The Cheese and th Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He may not have actually read the books he says he did. To ask other readers questions about The Cheese and the Wormsplease sign up.

One person found this helpful. It’s not a mystery but the tone is similar. The Cheese and the Worms is an incisive study of popular culture in the sixteenth century as tinzburg through the eyes of one man, the miller known as Menocchio, who was accused of heresy during the Inquisition and sentenced to death.


I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of nonfiction and historical texts. Despite his anomalous approach to religion his village finds him an amiable personality, fai Though not my typical pick, this book read for my Honors class demonstrates the immense hypocrisy of the Catholic Church during the Baroque Period. Fino a che non arriva il rogo Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

The answer of the Roman church to this and so much works 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. Ad un certo punto, Ginzburg afferma che i libri venivano maltrattati e bagnati e usati. I’d might’ve tore through this one! Based on the testimony from Menocchio’s second trial these books also are known to have been read.

Ginzberg also patents what has become the downfall of microhistories by writing up to chapter 61 on just Menocchio, and then in the next to last chapter attempting to explain unconvincingly how this single man illustrates a sampling of the greater picture. Menocchio was accused of saying that Christ was an ass for having been put to death on the cross. Menocchio are also odd, and they eventually got him burnt. 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: Ginzburg identifies rationalism, scepticism, materialism, egalitarian utopianism and religious naturalism as permanent characteristics of this culture.

Woems distinction is not found in the trial records of or the first half of those frombut under the pressure of the inquisitor, Menocchio begins splitting this particular hair. varlo

He may not have understood what he was reading very well due to limited literacy or not being able to read the dialect his books were in. However, Cqrlo is careful to not blame books entirely for Menocchio’s heresy.


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He was sent to prison for the rest of his life. Every person considers his faith to be correct. I absolutely love the idea of giving voice to the voiceless, illuminating peasant culture, and “extend[ing] the historic concept of the ‘individual’ in the direction of the lower classes.

Another miller who resembled Menocchio closely. Review “A wonderful book Lay readers know that historical work of this order requires formidable skills and dogged research Ginsburg culled the ancient records of Mennochio’s two trials and presented his finds in a compelling and easy read narrative.

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It is a morality rather than a religion. The tale Ginzberg weaves has tantalizing wlrms, but it suffers from two general flaws. Jan 06, Jen rated it liked it.

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These ideas and convictions, or at least the soil in which they grow, come from the oral culture. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. It is a non-sequitur: