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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Deciphering the Witches’ Sabbath. Historian whose fields of interest range from the Italian Renaissance to early modern European History, with contributions in art history, literary studies, popular cultural beliefs, and the theory of historiography. Oct 13, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: In any case, I wanted more theory and less story.

It is a non-sequitur: I liked it all right. Aug 30, Autumn rated it liked it Shelves: Some of the most interesting pages in this fascinating book grapple with the problem of identifying the ideas of this oral peasant culture. Menocchio believes that mans relationship to man is more important than his relationship to God.

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He was tortured and finally gave the name of the lord cheess the town. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Other editions – View all The Cheese and the Worms: The Promised Land of Error.

The second level of this book is Ginzburg’s quest to reconstruct how Menocchio came to his bizarre cosmology, which at various points seem to correspond binzburg other movements—Lutheranism, Venetian Anabaptism, Socinianism, radical humanism, and even Hinduism, shamanism, and ancient Greek philosophy—but in its entirety cannot be identified with any of them.

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Again a misreading of a text. Il formaggio e i vermi The Cheese and the Worms. One of those little cabinets of wonder.

I absolutely love the idea of giving voice to the voiceless, illuminating peasant culture, and “extend[ing] the historic concept of the ‘individual’ in the direction of the lower classes. Insomma, per essere il Cinquecento in Friuli la cosa era particolarmente interessante. Deve per forza avere qualcosa di speciale! 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.


Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. He toned down and simplified his esoteric ideas for the public. The cheeese is a notable example of cultural historythe history of mentalities and microhistory. His books and writings were ginzbury. A classic but ultimately a failed excercise. First, this new edition is a timely update.

Biography and memoirsBiographyEuropeSouthern EuropeItaly, Religion and theology. Though the history’s content itself may not have addressed my personal intellectual compulsions, it was very interesting nonetheless. Ships from and sold by Amazon. A must read for people interested in the subject matter but an entertaining read for anyone who just likes great story telling.

The answer of the Roman church to this and so much more that the miller would think and say was death by immolation, as it would be for so many others who dared to question the theocratic power of the times. Our hero, the miller Menocchio, could xarlo 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 own slightly odd, very creative, para-Catholic religious notions.

The Holy Office decided that he was a backslider. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

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 he wrote, through his son, to ask cheexe forgiveness adds a poignancy to his character and the unfairness of his end is saddening. He writes a letter to the judges to ask for his forgiveness.

I really enjoyed this book, the first half of it especially. From Mandeville, Menocchio extracted the view that there were good men in all religions: Gli atti del processo sono meno noiosi di quanto si potrebbe pensare. They offer as much of a clue as what people actually believed as the writings of a Luther or Zwingli and an insight with its images of mouldy cheese and God as master builder with sub-contracted angels creating the world into just how divergent the reception of ideas could be.


At the time of his arrest several books were found, but since they were not prohibited, no record was taken. We know enough, however, to look more closely at the cathedral of Western 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. The tale Ginzberg weaves has tantalizing possibilities, but it suffers from two general flaws.

We should not let the long tradition of smearing practicing Catholics as the brainwashed servants of a threatening foreign power—in which sensationalist and hyperbolic depictions of the Roman Inquisition play a part—from identifying the Catholic Church of the late sixteenth century for what it was: This also exemplifies utopian literature.

Facinating book, but Ginzburg over-reaches. I’m sure for the right type of history major that is, one that’s interested in actual events ginzburf history rather than their theoretical importance this is a revelation. This is portrayed as a true account of historical events and that makes it all the more intriguing. And when reading the premises of the book a world coagulating like cheese, and God and the Angels being wormsas well as the first chapters, Cheeee was expecting Menocchio to come out like some of our well loved but often mocked village originals, loudly proclai Aside from very positive reviews, one of the reasons I read ginzbuurg 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.

We have no way of knowing who is right.