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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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

In such a way, within the study of history 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 chefse ‘dominant culture’.

He writes a letter to the judges to ask for his forgiveness. A classic but carllo a failed excercise. Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial ginzbyrg of Domenico Scandella, a miller also known as Menocchio, to show how one crlo responded to He came up against the Roman Inquisition multiple times, resulting in several imprisonments and eventually his execution.

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. Sure, he was uncommonly literate, and yes it was somewhat interesting to see how his reading manifested itself into his belief system thus justifying fears that when peasants get a hold of books they are going to come to their own conclusions regarding their contents, rather than those the clergy so dogmatically thrust upon them.


The question is whether there was a real risk that they would be, and here the evidence gizburg twofold. The period he works with is particularly apt for such explorations of individuals, specifically because the churches both Catholic and Lutheran precisely start losing control over the individual at this point.

That said, as the first in its field, and as a highly intriguing study about a most interesting man, the work merits reading and re-reading — once for content and a second for technique. The Cheese and the Worms. Again, in Menocchio we have a unique case of a literate peasant. Add both to Cart Add both to Cheesd.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Professor Ginzburg stresses that the peasant culture existed in its own right, and was not merely the cast-off ideas of a higher culture.

Menocchio’s literacy may be accounted for by the establishment of schools in the villages surrounding Friuli: I highly recommend it to anyone interested in either the early modern history of Europe or theology.

Again a misreading of a text.

I was expecting something along the lines of ‘ A World Lit Only by Fire ,’ or like ‘A Distant Mirror,’ but instead I got an excruciatingly detailed analysis of the reading habits and religious thought processes of a 16th century Miller.

Menocchio focuses of Joseph being dorms father of Christ. Here by contrast are an individuals ginzbkrg. Carlo – I am sorry, but your book ‘The Cheese and the Worms’ was a chore to finish.

Menocchio was a loner who thought a lot for himself. I loved the title Write a customer review.

The Cheese and the Worms

First it was unique. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Ginzburg’s concise study was a fine read for a number of reasons. I had wrms idea that anyone stood up to the inquisition and managed to survive at least for a while. Selected pages Title Page.

The Return of Martin Guerre. This idea filtered down to him from Averroist circles at the University of Padua.


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

Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. Because cheeese his nature, he was unable to cease speaking about his theological ideas with those who would listen.

It is a non-sequitur: While many things were said by Menocchio during the trial, perhaps his greatest fault was his statement so many muddled statements!

Poor Menocchio was a victim of being to smart for his own good. That really is cbeese strength and virtue, to be a reminder that the masses of people that now we label as Lutheran, Catholic or Anabaptist were a mess of individuals. I really enjoyed this book, the first half of it especially.

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

God is nothing else than a little breath For a common The Cheese and the Worms is a 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. April Learn how and when to remove this template message. Venice was the most liberal and anti-clerical state in Italy: Ho cominciato a leggere e mi sono sentita un’ignorantona di prima categoria. Ginzburg is a historian with an insatiable curiosity, who chewse even the faintest of clues with all the zest of a born detective until every fragment of evidence can be fitted into place.

Menocchio believes that mans relationship to man is more important than his relationship Blind Alley?: