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.

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Xarlo 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 it represents something we haven’t heard before.

I particularly appreciated how Ginzburg’s critical awareness of the sources contrasted with Menocchio’s own sometimes wilful misreadings of the texts he came into contact with.

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

This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. Furthermore, making 62 chapters out of pages seems to be little more than the gunzburg and transparent undergraduate technique to fill space.

The inquisitors could easily lead him into logical traps, but could not get him to renounce his deeply-held ideas. 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.

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

This is a microhistory of a sixteenth century Italian miller, whose heretical beliefs brought him to the attention of the Inquisition. He was a miller, who spent nearly all his life in Montereale, a small hill town in the Friuli, part of the Venetian republic.

The second level of this book is Ginzb This book, emblematic of the sub-genre of microhistory, is actually two stories simultaneously playing out on two levels. Ginzburg then goes on to explore the books known to be in possession of Menocchio, and you start realising how Menocchio has been influenced by available litterature ; delving into the books you realise that, indeed, Menocchio had “a subtle mind from which he got his ideas” ; and also realize how much the times were in upheaval through Reformation and Printing.


Ginzburg is a historian with an insatiable curiosity, who pursues even the faintest of clues with anx the zest of a born detective until every fragment of evidence can be fitted into place.

I’d might’ve tore through this one! I really recommend reading this book. He may not have actually read the books he says he did. What were the ideas which Menocchio brought to his reading?

Books by Carlo Ginzburg. They may have accepted the orthodoxy of their betters, though there are many indications that this was not the case. Knowing how Menocchio read and interpreted these texts might provide insight into gknzburg views which led to his execution for proselytizing heretical ideas.

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Il formaggio e i vermi The Cheese and the Worms. What do you imagine God to be?

Carlo – I am sorry, but your book ‘The Cheese and the Worms’ was a chore to finish. The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. This book, emblematic of the sub-genre of microhistory, is actually two stories simultaneously playing out on two levels. Menocchio cheesw that mans relationship to man is more important than his relationship to God. Gli atti del processo sono meno noiosi di quanto si potrebbe pensare.

He was reappointed administrator and bought a new mill with his son. Oct 13, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: I did learn a few things — like the fact that, apparently, a person interrogated by the Inquisition could retain legal counsel and might even have a chance of getting cqrlo easy O. Ginzburg’s concise study was a fine read for a number of reasons. There is no evidence that Menocchio had read Te, whose heresies certainly circulated widely in Italy, not only among the learned.


The human scream cuts readily through such objections. That said, as the first in its field, and as a highly intriguing study about ccheese most interesting man, the work merits reading and re-reading — once for content and a second for technique.

He was sent to prison for the rest of his life. Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records of Domenico Scandella, a miller also known as Menocchio, to show how one person responded to the confusing political and religious conditions of his time. Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records to illustrate the ginxburg and social conflicts of the society Menocchio lived in. Carlo Ginzburg with a new preface translated by John and Anne C.

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Based on Menocchio’s first trial these books are known to have been read. He came up against the Cheesw Inquisition multiple times, resulting in several imprisonments and eventually his execution.

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. The question is whether there was a real risk that they would be, and here the evidence is twofold. May 08, Josh rated it really liked it. Next, he inherently connects the concepts of a peasant culture developed through the oral transmission of concepts to the brand new mechanism of diffusing ideas through books.

I couldn’t care about the miller Menocchio anymore than I care about any other random individual on the street.