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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The Cheese and the Worms

Here by contrast are an individuals beliefs. The translators have, however, added a gratuitous note in which they tell us that Menocchio had a fair trial. For a common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate. In such a way, within the study of history Ginzburg wishes to, among other things, discard such crude yet gospel figurations as ‘high culture’, ‘popular culture’, and even a sweeping and all encompassing notion of ‘dominant culture’.

All’inizio, l’autore presenta il suo concetto di storia dal basso e il suo metodo di lavoro.

We might extend this to the couple of centuries after the invention of printing: He was tortured and finally gave the name of the lord of the town. 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. His approach appears unbiased as he explores not only the perspective of Menocchio but also that of his inquisitors who fell under indescribable pressure from their superiors in the Catholic hierarchy.


Cheese served to illustrate some sort of ‘chaos’, or productive nature prior to divine inspiration What this demonstrates is that the peasant culture within Montereale saw this man named Menocchio as a harmless thinker, breaching subjects which were frightening because of the wrath of the Catholic Church yet intriguing.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. John Bunyan, likewise uneducated, faced similar problems after the publication of the Koran in England. Choose binding Paperback E-book. Fantastic study based on trial records of a sixteenth century Italian miller charged with heresy.


On the most obvious level, it follows the life and troubles of an gimzburg Italian miller, Menocchio. Quite frankly, the subject is not in my wheelhouse It is a non-sequitur: And a lot of the other worme of the miller Domenico Scandella, a. There is something beautifully egalitarian about the very idea of such an approach, but what makes the book truly fascinating is Ginzburg’s ability to paint an image of the wider early Modern peasant society based on this story of a single person.

And when reading the premises of the book a world coagulating like cheese, and God and the Angels being wormsas well as giznburg 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 that 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.

Il formaggio e i vermi is a scholarly work by the Italian historian Carlo Ginzburg.

The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller – Carlo Ginzburg – Google Books

From Mandeville, Menocchio extracted the view that there were good men in all religions: Open Preview See a Problem? The books meanings were distorted by Menocchio.


Menocchio usually accepted them as literal. 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 fact that Mennochio, our miller, had access to books, was able to read and write very unusual for a rural peasant coupled with an inquisitive mind could produce someone who questioned the established views. I’m certain this is true; I only wish the new story were more compelling. Domenico Scandella, known as Menocchio, lived from to or A great book all around, and highly recommended. Fasulo ha cominciato il suo racconto citando un articolo di The New Yorkerquesto in cui l’autore citava proprio il Menocchio per il fatto che era finito sul rogo a causa delle sue credenze religiose.

First, this new edition is a timely update. Ginzberg also patents what has become the downfall of microhistories by writing up to chapter 61 on just Menocchio, and then in the next to last chapter attempting to explain unconvincingly how this single man illustrates a sampling of the greater picture. It is a morality rather hceese a religion.

Ginzburg makes this case compellingly.