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. The Cheese and the Worms has ratings and reviews. Jan-Maat Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records of Domenico Scandella, a miller also known as.

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He came up against the Roman Inquisition multiple times, resulting in several imprisonments and eventually his execution. These ideas and convictions, or at least the soil in which they grow, come from the snd culture. Finally, there are a number of little tidbits that cause the reader to pause a moment with an audible, “hmmm”.

Domenico Scandella, known as Menocchio, lived from to or More precisely, Ginzburg claims that by examining the way Menocchio, a man of the oral culture, interprets or in some cases willfully misreads wogms books he encounters representatives of the print culturewe can thereby discern certain qualities of the oral culture; or may do so, at least, to the degree that the oral culture is extricable from that of print, and to the degree that separate spheres of culture may be defined along certain media.

Based on transcripts and letters for his two trials for heresy, Ginzburg attempts to trace the Ginzburg’s best explanation posits a peasant oral culture, pre-Christian and never entirely eliminated during the Middle Ages, catalyzed by Menocchio’s reading and brought to light by the Counter Reformation’s keen nose for heterodoxy.

The author uses Menocchio’s references to books he has read to argue for a carli between “high” culture and “popular” culture in the lives of peasants such that the peasants are neither accepting unquestioned the culture handed down to them by dominant social groups nor creating spontaneously a self-contained peasant culture.


I did learn a few things — like the fact that, apparently, a person interrogated by the Inquisition could cueese legal counsel and might even have a chance of getting off easy — but the few facts that held any interest were not worth the cost of reading the rest of the book. I did not like eorms topic as compared to other topics about which I have read, but the technique and artistry of the author and the ingenuity of Menocchio prove to rectify the iniquities of the Church.

The most grave of which is that he clearly had too much information for a concise paper, but far too little evidence for a satisfying monograph.

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Id pair this with “The Faithful Executioner” for the reader who’s interested in seeing how carefree life was for the an during and after the renaissance. There was too much pomp, so Menocchio wanted a new life. His conclusions range from being considered Lutheran, Anabaptist, atheist, Muslim, pantheist, and pagan.

Sep 25, Celeste rated it really liked it Shelves: Then he believed that he would not have disgraced his family.

The Cheese and the Worms

Carlo – I am sorry, but your book ‘The Csrlo and the Worms’ was a chore to finish. Dec 26, Gilles Candotti rated it it was amazing. The literature blends in strangely with much of the lore unique to this miller and his locale Contact us for rights and issues inquiries. He writes a letter to the judges to ask for his forgiveness. I’d might’ve tore through this one!

So by 16th-century standards Menocchio lived in a relatively free society; and his village was tucked away in the ginzbudg. The historian in me just can’t quite handle the leaps Ginzburg makes from the available evidence, though, so I’m really unsure if I will hang on to it.


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

Oct 07, Charlie Hersh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 02, Barbara Hansen rated it liked it Shelves: The fact that it is so difficult and that our attempts so often end in failure is no accident; this was the intention of cultural elites who worked tirelessly and almost completely successfully to extirpate all memory of this dissent. This is a microhistory of a sixteenth century Italian miller, whose heretical beliefs brought him to the attention of the Inquisition.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This was a shift in the metaphor from geographical to social.

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

wofms Views Read Edit View history. Join our email listserv and receive monthly updates on the latest titles. For a common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate. He went so far as woems say that Jesus was born of man and Mary was not a virgin, that the Pope had no power given to him from God but simply exemplified the qualities of a good manand that Christ had not died to “redeem humanity”.

The implication of this statement—and the cascade of vitriol that follows it—is that the peasantry are more susceptible to spiritual seduction than the elite, who are armed with their educations.