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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By definition they could not be printed in a censored press. As a miller in an isolated village in Italy Monterealea literate peasant explores the elements of Christianity with an unwittingly pantheistic bend. The Great Cat Massacre: Cneese even Ginzburg is unable to sketch the contents of this oral culture in any detail.

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Views Read Edit View history. This is not quite another Montaillou. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. For ginzburgg common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate. 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.

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Ginzburg writes an excellent microhistory, however it drags a bit when Ginzburg addresses the trials and works that took place.

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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.


A really fascinating book, and I’d guess that would still be true even if you’re not usually a big history reader. The author makes connections and offers assumptions, clearly labelled them as such, that are reasonable and thought provoking. A short historical work attempts to look into the cosmos of a 16th-century miller in the north of Italy.

Many of these views were held by Anabaptists in the Friuli in the mid-century; Menocchio may have been in contact with such groups, though this cannot be proved.

Ginzburg talks a bit about this in the preface, and has some interesting and reasoned insights — he never claims Menocchio’s story is representative, merely that hceese represents something we haven’t heard before. Our hero, the miller Menocchio, could read and write, owned a few books, borrowed a few more, had read the Decameron and dipped into the Koran, and combined the ideas he got from books with the oral tradition of 16th century rural Friuli to form his catlo slightly odd, very creative, para-Catholic religious notions.

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Jul 25, Karen rated it really liked it. Aug 30, Mark Bowles rated it really liked it. What comes out of this is an interesting story about a crazy miller who didn’t know when to shut up, so I recommend it for that.

Sure, he was uncommonly literate, and This book is so hyped in academic circles, that it was ginnzburg setting itself up as a disappointment before I even cracked it open. The Promised Land of Error.

Finally, you are left again to wonder at Menocchio’s courage in standing his ground in front of the Inquisitors, his mental agility ; reading the letters fheese wrote, through his son, to ask for forgiveness adds a poignancy to his character and the unfairness of his end is saddening. The inquisitor claimed Menocchio was a heretic.


This emphasis, in contrast to the localization and syncretism of late medieval Christianity, was implicitly a validation of Protestant criticisms of the Church—that it practiced sloppy sacerdotalism rather than properly educating its members, or for that matter its clergy—and was an attempt to rectify these faults.

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But it shares some of the qualities of that marvellous book. That last piece of peasant shrewdness was enough: I have to admit I was looking for something a little more heavy on theory.

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I’d might’ve tore through this one! For me, it was more boring than I care to admit. Though the history’s content itself may not have addressed my personal intellectual compulsions, it was very interesting nonetheless.

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