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. Carlo Ginzburg. The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. Translated by John and Anne C. Tedeschi. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins. Professor Ginzburg’s book deals with an isolated heretical individual, not with a heretical . The Cheese and the Worms is enthralling reading.

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Tolerance, respect for the views of others, seems to have been one of the ideas for which Menocchio sought confirmation from his reading.

After a few years he was released from prison, but he tge stop talking, and ultimately the cardinal and pope put their red slippers down and insisted he be burned at the stake, pronto. At the time of his arrest several books were found, but since they were not prohibited, no record was taken.

And when reading the premises of the tue a world anc like cheese, and God and the Angels being wormsas well as the first chapters, I was expecting Menocchio to come out like some of our well loved but often mocked village originals, loudly proclai Aside from very positive reviews, one of the reasons I read this book is cheesf Menocchio the book’s central character lived about 30 kilometers from my hometown which could logically be the “unknown place in Carnia” where he was exiled.

Yet even Ginzburg is unable to sketch the contents of this oral culture in any detail. Fino a che non arriva il rogo Based on the testimony from Menocchio’s second trial these books also are known to have been read.

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.


He went so far as to 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”. See 1 question about The Cheese and the Worms…. It is a rigorous piece of research interpreted creatively in the late 60’s but totally vital today.


Beyond Menocchio, Ginzburg is able to give inklings about the early Renaissance culture ; his claim that Menocchio has used an unspoken “popular tradution” as a cradle for his idea makes me feel skeptical, for he was most probably not from the poorer, popular citizens of Montereale he knew how to read, had travelled and I saw more in Menocchio an example of how the spread chrese books helped forge one man’s opinion. Jun 29, Nick rated it really liked it. I particularly appreciated how Ginzburg’s critical awareness of the sources contrasted with Menocchio’s own sometimes wilful misreadings of the texts he xheese into wkrms with.

There is no evidence that Menocchio had read Servetus, whose heresies certainly circulated widely in Italy, not only among the learned. He may not have understood what he was reading very well due to limited literacy or not being able to read the dialect his books were in.

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

The second level tne this book is Ginzburg’s quest to reconstruct how Menocchio came to his bizarre cosmology, which at various points seem to correspond to other movements—Lutheranism, Venetian Anabaptism, Socinianism, radical humanism, and even Hinduism, shamanism, and ancient Greek philosophy—but in its entirety cannot be identified with any of them.

This idea filtered down to him from Averroist circles at the University of Padua. First, this new edition is a timely update. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.


Messy, uninfluential but individual. First, this new edition is a timely update. Contact us for rights and issues inquiries.

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For a common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

What were the ideas which Menocchio brought to his reading? While I would not describe it as a page turner, I found the book to be enlightening on the effects of wealthy class culture has on the popular culture of the middle and lower classes.

And what he read he recast in terms familiar to him, as in his own version of the creation: The books meanings were distorted by Menocchio. So Menocchio was not tortured again, so far as we know, ginzhurg he died in the fire. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. 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.

Menocchio now claimed that the soul fheese with the body and that the spirit was immortal. I’m certain this is true; I only wish the new story were more compelling.

The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. I’m still not sure about his conclusions in as much as they are predicated aand the suitability of Menocchio, a single and rather eccentric man, as a means of investigating Friuli peasantry as a whole.

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It’s not a mystery but the tone is similar. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Here by contrast are an individuals beliefs.