The now-classic tale of a sixteenth-century miller facing the Roman Inquisition. 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. Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records to illustrate the religious and social conflicts of the society Menocchio lived in. For a common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate. In his trial testimony he made references to more than a dozen books, including the Bible, Boccaccio's Decameron , Mandeville's Travels , and a "mysterious" book that may have been the Koran. And what he read he recast in terms familiar to him, as in his own version of the creation: "All was chaos, that is earth, air, water, and fire were mixed together; and of that bulk a mass formed—just as cheese is made out of milk—and worms appeared in it, and these were the angels.
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Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records to illustrate the religious and social conflicts of the society Menocchio lived in. For a common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate. In his trial testimony he made references to more than a dozen books, including the Bible, Boccaccio's Decameron, Mandeville's Travels, and a "mysterious" book that may have been the Koran.
And what he read he recast in terms familiar to him, as in his own version of the creation: "All was chaos, that is earth, air, water, and fire were mixed together; and of that bulk a mass formed-just as cheese is made out of milk-and worms appeared in it, and these were the angels.
In a thoughtful new preface, Ginzburg offers his own corollary to Menocchio's story as he considers the discrepancy between the intentions of the writer and what gets written.
The Italian miller's story and Ginzburg's work continue to resonate with modern readers because they focus on how oral and written culture are inextricably linked.
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Customers who bought this item also bought. Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy: 1. Review A wonderful book Ginzburg is a historian with an insatiable curiosity, who pursues even the faintest of clues with all the zest of a born detective until every fragment of evidence can be fitted into place. The work of reconstruction is brilliant, the writing superbly readable, and by the end of the book the reader 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.
Lay readers know that historical work of this order requires formidable skills and dogged research Ginzburg's discovery of Menocchio is a dazzling entry into the historical world of popular culture. First, this new edition is a timely update. Ginzburg has penned a new preface and bibliographical information has been augmented. Second, because it is a work of rare scholarship that no student should forget, despite the fact that the context in which this book was crafted has significantly changed.
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This was an interesting read from an historical perspective, but also as a character study and just a plain-old-fun read. I had no idea that anyone stood up to the inquisition and managed to survive at least for a while. The precision with which the church set out to find heretics and witches, and their concern for following strict procedures is almost funny when you consider that they were trying to suppress free thought.
This is portrayed as a true account of historical events and that makes it all the more intriguing. A must read for people interested in the subject matter but an entertaining read for anyone who just likes great story telling.
It's not a mystery but the tone is similar. I had to read this for a history class I was taking. I loved the title I have always been interested in the Reformation I always wondered was it just about religion or was it a social movement. For me the story Was more social status, who had power and who didn't. Poor Menocchio was a victim of being to smart for his own good. This was the first ground breaking micro history ever written and still stands the test of time. I kept it because i loved it so much.
An extraordinary story that defies all stereotypes anyone has about everyday medieval life and thought. One of those little cabinets of wonder. It is a rigorous piece of research interpreted creatively in the late 60's but totally vital today. The writing is vibrant. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
The Cheese and the Worms
The book is a notable example of cultural history , the history of mentalities and microhistory. The study examines the unique religious beliefs and cosmology of Menocchio — , also known as Domenico Scandella, who was an Italian miller from the village of Montereale , twenty-five kilometers north of Pordenone. He was from the peasant class and not a learned aristocrat or man of letters, Ginzburg places him in the tradition of popular culture and pre-Christian naturalistic peasant religions. His outspoken beliefs earned him the title of a heresiarch heretic during the Roman Inquisition. Menocchio's literacy may be accounted for by the establishment of schools in the villages surrounding Friuli : Aviano and Pordenone.
The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller
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