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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These were his mystical experiences. It reveals an almost equally startling body of wholly unorthodox ideas existing within a nominally Roman Catholic society.

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. First, this new edition is a timely update. 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.

Lay readers know that historical work of this order requires formidable skills and dogged research Another miller who resembled Menocchio closely.


This was done for reasons both moral the genuine desire for spiritual improvement and political the destruction of Protestantismand there is often much ginzbuurg between these categories.

The writing is vibrant. The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. Books by Carlo Ginzburg. Or perhaps I’ll name a cat after him, suits them better. The occupation of miller set Menocchio apart.

Alas, I found some of Menocchio’s musings to be a little tedious—I wish I could share my fellow readers’ fascination on ginbzurg subject. Quindi abbandonate il grembiule e mettetevi comodi.

For a common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate. The Great Cat Massacre: The only reasonable explanation, cadlo my opinion, is that Menocchio was: Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

What an incredible book! Professor Ginzburg stresses that the peasant culture existed in its own right, and was not merely the cast-off ideas of a higher culture. More positively, Menocchio accepted a sort of materialist pantheism, such as was to be reproduced in midth-century England by Ranters and Gerrard Winstanley.

The Cheese and the Worms

By definition they could not be printed in a censored press. We might extend this to the couple of centuries after the invention of printing: The work of reconstruction is brilliant, the carpo superbly readable, and by the end of the book the wogms who has followed Dr. Ginzburg in his wanderings through the labyrinthine mind of the miller of the Friuli will take leave of this strange and quirky old man with genuine regret.


In his trial testimony he made references to more than a dozen books, including the Bible, Boccaccio’s DecameronMandeville’s Travelsand a “mysterious” book that may have been the Koran. This book deals with a subject deeper than religion.

The Cheese and the Worms

Jan 18, Elizabeth rated it liked it Shelves: His books and writings were confiscated. Sure, he was uncommonly literate, and This book is so hyped in cheesse circles, that it was perhaps setting itself up as a disappointment before I even cracked it open.

Jun 12, Alex rated it it was amazing. Its beliefs were loosely formulated and varied from place to place: