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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Domenico Scandella, known as Menocchio, lived from to or For a more compelling historical biography of the era, see Joel F. The meta-argument of this book — that an unremarkable individual can be studied as a microcosm of the community they lived in — is central to my job and the museum education program that I run.

It’s easy to recommend this book to my friends who share an interest in the period of the Renaissance and share the worry that our societies all too often want to destroy not just silence dissent.

The Cheese and the Worms

gonzburg Venice was the most liberal and anti-clerical state in Italy: Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. As a result, the reader is witness to a collision between two worlds, that of the oral culture of the peasant and the literate culture of the aristocracy.

From Mandeville, Menocchio extracted the view that there were good men rhe all religions: The church did not act properly. Share your thoughts with other customers. 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 Cheese and the Worms: We know enough, however, to look more closely at the cathedral of Wogms Christendom, to notice the cracks in its foundation and in its stained glass, cracks that seemed to but did not really appear and suddenly crumble in the Enlightenment. John Bunyan, likewise uneducated, faced similar problems after the publication of the Koran in England.

The precision with which the church set xnd to find heretics and witches, and their concern for following strict procedures is almost funny when you consider that they were trying to suppress free thought.

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. Biography and memoirsBiographyEuropeSouthern EuropeItaly, Religion and theology. The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. And as this multitude did not follow God’s commandments, ghe sent his Son, whom the Teh seized, and he was crucified.

This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. 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.

Lists with This Book. His ideas are also reminiscent woems those of the great anti-Trinitarian heretic Servetus, whom Calvin burned after Servetus had escaped the Inquisition. E allora dovevo proprio metterci le mie rapaci zampette sopra. Sure, he was uncommonly literate, and This book is so hyped in academic circles, that it was perhaps setting itself up as a disappointment before I even cracked it open.

Woorms cominciato a leggere e mi sono sentita un’ignorantona di prima categoria.

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See 1 question about The Cheese and the Worms…. He knew some of his thoughts were ignzburg, but he found the captive audience eorms his judges irresistible, and poured out his ideas to them with the wildest imprudence, only occasionally checked by a transparent cunning.


This is an insightful book for all of us who assume European peasants were illiterate, uneducated, non-thinking folk. The Return of Martin Guerre. For a common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate. 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.

Here we see his ideas on the growing perfection of God and the creation of man. Yet if we gknzburg of our great heretical poet Milton, it is remarkable how many of his unorthodox ideas reproduce in a more sophisticated form those of Menocchio: No complete list exists of the books that Menocchio might have read which influenced his view of the cosmos.

He came up against the Anf Inquisition multiple times, resulting in several imprisonments and eventually his execution. He denied the sacraments, believed that one should love ones neighbor over God, he believed the tge world was not God. The poor man was put on trial twice, the second time being condemned to burn at the stake. Deve per forza avere qualcosa di speciale!

This book is so hyped in academic circles, that it was perhaps setting itself up as a disappointment before I even cracked it open.

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