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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At the time of his arrest several books were found, but since they were not prohibited, no record was taken. Start reading The Cheese and the Worms on your Kindle in under a minute. His ideas are also reminiscent of those of the great anti-Trinitarian heretic Servetus, whom Calvin burned after Servetus had escaped the Inquisition. Oct 13, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: Buy the selected items together This item: 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!

I loved the title The book examines the beliefs and world-view of Menocchio —also known as Domenico Scandella, who was an Italian miller from the village of Monterealetwenty-five kilometers north of Pordenone.

I have to admit I was looking for something a little more heavy on theory. Cheese served to illustrate some sort of ‘chaos’, or cueese nature prior to divine inspiration 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.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. The Cheese and the Worms is gjnzburg study of the popular culture in the sixteenth century as seen through the eyes of one man, a miller brought to trial during the Inquisition. Oct 02, Barbara Hansen rated it liked it Shelves: We should not underestimate the importance of printing in bringing new ideas to people like Menocchio.


Because of the first, a simple miller had dared to think of speaking outof voicing his own opinions about the Church and the world. There are no discussion topics on wodms book yet. In such a way, within the study of ginsburg Ginzburg wishes to, among other things, discard such crude yet gospel figurations as ‘high culture’, ‘popular culture’, and even a sweeping and all encompassing notion of ‘dominant culture’.

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If you are interested in 16th century Italian legal issues regarding the Catholic Church and heresy then this book is for you, but do not expect a Barbara Tuchman product.

Some he owned, others he borrowed. Fino a che non arriva il rogo 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.

We see victory of written culture over oral culture as Menocchio uses text to support his convictions.

What an incredible book! Here we see his ideas on the growing perfection of God and the creation of man.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Poor Menocchio was a victim of being to smart for his own good.

This is an insightful book for all of us who assume European peasants were illiterate, uneducated, non-thinking folk. Ginzburg describes another miller living at the same time in the mountains of Modena who had similar heresies to Menocchio. The Reformation and the diffusion of printing had been necessary to permit this different culture to come to light.


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. Jun 12, Alex rated it it was amazing.

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. It is impossible ginzburv know the extent to which peasants felt this way about Cheexe.

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.

Customers who bought this item also bought. Aug 30, Mark Bowles rated it really liked it. When Ginzberg found himself in this said predicament, his resolution was to grasp at straws and attempt to make broad claims for which his work did not lay the proper foundation to support.

The Cheese and the Worms

Ginzburg’s discovery of Menocchio is a dazzling varlo into the historical world of popular culture. The book offers a glimpse into an alternative and generally unheard from world-view that is full of so much imagination on the part of the miller that it should put many a fiction writer to shame.

The translators have, however, added a gratuitous note in which they tell us that Menocchio had a fair trial.