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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. Professor Ginzburg’s book deals with an isolated heretical individual, not with a heretical . The Cheese and the Worms is enthralling reading. Carlo Ginzburg. The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. Translated by John and Anne C. Tedeschi. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins.

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What is this Holy Spirit? Lay readers know that historical work of cheeese order requires formidable skills and dogged research But Anabaptists probably inherited this belief from the Hussites, who took it from English Lollards.

Il Menocchio andava a Venezia a procurarseli e li leggeva attentamente e ci rimuginava sopra.

The subject matter — and the subject himself Domenico Scandella, a miller who was burned at the stake as a heretic in the 16th century is fascinating. His philosophical teachings earned him the title of a heresiarch during the Inquisition and he was eventually burned at the stake inat the age of 67, on orders of Pope Clement VIII.

Beyond Menocchio, Ginzburg is able to give inklings about the early Renaissance culture ; his claim that Menocchio has used an unspoken “popular tradution” as a cradle for his idea makes me feel skeptical, for he was most probably not from the poorer, popular citizens of Montereale he knew how to read, had travelled and I saw more in Menocchio an example of how the spread of books helped forge one man’s opinion.

As an aside, I heard of the book from a YouTube speech by saint Christopher Hitchens who has a great record with me for book recommendations. Ginzberg used the story of Menocchio, a sixteenth century miller who was twice prosecuted and ultimately condemned by the inquisition for holding and preaching egregiously heretical beliefs. 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 work of reconstruction is brilliant, the writing superbly readable, and by the end of the book the reader who has followed Dr.

Facinating book, but Ginzburg over-reaches. Fasulo ha cominciato il suo racconto citando un articolo di The New Yorkerquesto in cui l’autore citava proprio il Menocchio per il fatto che era finito sul rogo a causa delle sue credenze religiose. And as this multitude did not follow God’s commandments, he sent his Son, whom the Jews seized, and he was crucified. The author makes connections and offers assumptions, clearly labelled them as such, that are reasonable and thought provoking.


His conclusions range from being considered Lutheran, Anabaptist, atheist, Muslim, pantheist, and pagan. The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. Jun 29, Nick rated it really liked it.

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

The Reformation and the diffusion of printing had been necessary to permit this different culture to come to light. They may have accepted the orthodoxy of their betters, though there are many indications that this was not the case.

We see victory of written culture over oral culture as Menocchio uses text to support his convictions. Though not my typical pick, this book read for my Honors class demonstrates the immense hypocrisy of the Catholic Church during the Baroque Period.

There is something beautifully egalitarian about the very idea of such an approach, but what makes the book truly fascinating is Ginzburg’s ability to cherse an image of the wider early Modern peasant society based on this story of a single person. The gijzburg Ginzberg weaves has tantalizing possibilities, but it suffers from two general flaws. 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.

Only in the s in England could Levellers, Diggers, Ranters, early Quakers and other sectaries get some popular ideas into print. After a few years he was released from prison, but he tye stop talking, and ultimately the cardinal and pope put their red slippers gginzburg and insisted he be burned wormss the stake, pronto. Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations. I’d might’ve tore through this one! I have to admit I was looking for something a little more heavy on theory.

Table of Contents Notes and Prefaces The Cheese and the Worms is an incisive study of popular culture in the sixteenth century as seen through the eyes of one man, the miller known as Menocchio, who was accused of heresy during the Inquisition and sentenced to death. This is not quite another Montaillou. A really fascinating book, and I’d guess that would still be true even if you’re not usually a big history reader. Cheese and the worms were an explanatory analogy for him.


The Cheese and the Worms

There is no evidence that Menocchio had read Servetus, whose heresies certainly circulated widely in Italy, not only among the learned. On the most obvious level, it follows the life and troubles of an early-modern Italian miller, Menocchio. What an incredible book!

They are living documents, in that they present a theology that evolves before our eyes, in response to the attacks of his interrogator. But it shares some of the qualities of that marvellous book. I think it’s an invention of men” So cheesse a simple miller in very late sixteenth century rural Italy. To ask other readers questions about The Cheese and the Adnplease sign up. Want to Read saving…. Menocchio spent most of his life as both an idiosyncratic heretic and a well-respected member of his community.

When asked about the soul he said that it ascended to God for judgment. He had originally wormss his ideas to “diabolical inspiration” and the influence of the devil before admitting that he had simply thought up the ideas himself.

They included rejection of the Trinity, of the divinity of Christ, of the sacrifice of the Cross; denial of the immortality of the soul, of the existence of a local heaven or hell, of the virgin birth, of the sanctity of marriage. The transcript of Menocchio’s agonies reads: So, the gist of the story and it really does read like a story, which is kind of neat is Ginzburg following the trials by the inquisition no, not the one you didn’t expect, another one of a miller for being, well, batshit crazy about his theology.


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