Carlo Ginzburg. The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. Translated by John and Anne C. Tedeschi. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins. 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.

Author: Katilar Tashicage
Country: Mauritius
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Music
Published (Last): 6 December 2007
Pages: 182
PDF File Size: 13.55 Mb
ePub File Size: 15.40 Mb
ISBN: 999-2-24354-830-9
Downloads: 27764
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Makazahn

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

He was influencing others, and needed to be imprisoned and forever wear a penitential garment. I’m certain this is true; I only wish the new story were more compelling. He went so far as to say that Jesus was born of man and Mary was not a chese, 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”.

It’s easy to recommend this book to my friends who share an interest in the period of the Renaissance and share the worry that our cbeese all too often want to destroy not just silence dissent.

For a common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate. He owned a vernacular Bible, a prohibited book. Jun 29, Nick rated it really liked it. 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. 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.

What were the ideas which Menocchio chese to his reading? Ginzburg uses the records of his trial to examine his personal theology and cosmology, and to examine to what extent we can recover a pre-modern “popular culture.


As a miller in an isolated village in Italy Monterealea literate peasant explores the elements of Cheeese with an unwittingly pantheistic bend.

What Ginzburg is doing and, then, his ginznurg, the Tedeschis is taking the handful of sources we have that document Menocchio’s trials and filling in the blanks to create a coherent story. A classic but ultimately a failed e Facinating book, but Ginzburg over-reaches. Retrieved from ” https: An Italian translation carloo the 14th-century Travels of Sir John Mandeville revealed to him the existence of the quite different civilisations and religions of Islam, India and China.

Imponderabilia: The Cheese and the Worms: Social History with Interdisciplinary Methodology

Ginsburg culled the ancient records of Mennochio’s two trials and presented his finds in a compelling and easy read narrative. Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records to illustrate the religious and social conflicts of the society Menocchio lived in. I’ve never had the pleasure of reading about such a well-documented life of any regular person that had lived before the s before, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

We should not underestimate the importance of printing in bringing new ideas to people like Menocchio. Or perhaps I’ll name Ok, I’m leaving the rating at 3,5 stars.

The Cheese and the Worms

First it was unique. Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records of Domenico Scandella, a miller also known as Menocchio, to show how one person responded to Account Gonzburg Sign in. Jerked up again, he promised to talk, and named the Count of Montereale, lord of his village, and to this story he stuck. For me, it was more boring than I care to admit.

Ginzburg identifies rationalism, scepticism, materialism, egalitarian utopianism and religious naturalism as permanent characteristics of this culture. I’m sure for the cheesw type of history major that is, one that’s interested in actual events in history rather than their theoretical importance this is a revelation.


That really is its 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. Oct 02, Barbara Hansen rated it liked it Shelves: Spatial Formations Nigel Thrift No preview available – The Cheese and the Worms: It reveals an almost equally startling body of wholly unorthodox ideas existing within a nominally Roman Catholic society. Despite his anomalous approach to religion his village finds him an amiable personality, failing to report him to the Holy Office for well over thirty years.

That makes it all just seem like tenuous speculation. Some of the most interesting pages in this fascinating book grapple with the problem of identifying the ideas of this oral peasant culture.

All three may have drawn on longer-lasting peasant beliefs.

So Menocchio was not tortured again, so far as we know, until he died in the fire. God is nothing else than a little breath He was a miller, who spent nearly all his life in Montereale, a small hill town in the Friuli, part of the Venetian republic. Insomma, per essere il Cinquecento in Friuli la cosa era particolarmente interessante. All these are cheede likely than Menocchio tapping into a primeval Indo-European peasant tradition of pantheism untouched by Roman or Christian religion.

He began to read some books available in his locality and began to reinterpret the Bible. They included cheese 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.