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. Professor Ginzburg’s book deals with an isolated heretical individual, not with a heretical . The Cheese and the Worms is enthralling reading. Carlo Ginzburg. The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. Translated by John and Anne C. Tedeschi. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins.
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Only in the present generation have historians like Robert Mandrou and Peter Burke seriously attempted to ascertain what was going on beneath the surface. He writes a letter to the judges to ask for his forgiveness.
Id pair this with “The Faithful Executioner” for the reader who’s interested in seeing how carefree life was for the peasantry during and after the renaissance.
He also probably read the Koran, of which an Italian translation appeared in Venice in Carlo Ginzburg synthesizes the transcripts seamlessly with the wealth of historical context while acknowledging the lost or concealed truth about peasant culture of this era. On the most obvious level, it follows the life and troubles of an early-modern Italian miller, Menocchio. He toned down and simplified his esoteric ideas for the public.
The Cheese and the Worms
The cheess that it is so difficult and that our attempts so often end in failure is no accident; this was the intention of cultural elites who worked tirelessly and almost completely successfully to extirpate all memory of this dissent. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jul 21, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: History books about Italy books Anthropology books Counter-Reformation. Venice was the most liberal and anti-clerical state in Italy: Ginzburg in teh wanderings through the labyrinthine mind of the miller of the Friuli will take leave of this strange and quirky old man with genuine regret.
That makes it all just seem like tenuous speculation. Really one of the best books I’ve read in grad school so far, or at least the one I’ve had the most enthusiastic ginzbjrg to. This is not quite another Montaillou. The fact that the mills where, by necessity, on the edges of ginburg meant they could be used as a rendezvous location for anti-establishment types and that the profession of the miller was often disliked by the rest of the peasantry similar to how people today talk disparagingly of the used care salesman.
The meta-argument of this book — that an unremarkable individual can be studied as a microcosm of the community they lived in — is central ghe my job and the museum education program that I run. Aside from very positive reviews, one of the reasons I read this book is that Wofms 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.
The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller by Carlo Ginzburg
It is impossible to know the extent to which peasants felt this way about Christianity. A medieval legend that greatly affected Menocchio. The translation, which must have been difficult, reads excellently. Knowing how Menocchio read and interpreted these texts might provide insight into his views which led to his execution for proselytizing heretical ideas.
As an aside, I heard of the book from a YouTube speech by saint Christopher Hitchens who has a great record with me for book recommendations. Tolerance, respect for the views of others, seems to have been one of the ideas for which Menocchio sought confirmation from his reading. He was tortured and finally gave the name of the lord of the town. Gli atti del processo sono meno noiosi di quanto si potrebbe pensare.
The Cheese and the Ginzbugr Italian: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. We might extend this to the couple of centuries after the invention of printing: A classic but ultimately a failed excercise.
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. However, Ginzburg is careful to not blame dheese entirely for Menocchio’s heresy. All these are more likely than Menocchio tapping into a primeval Indo-European peasant tradition of pantheism untouched by Roman or Christian religion.
God is nothing else than a little breath They included rejection of the Trinity, of the divinity of Christ, of the sacrifice of the Cross; denial of the immortality of the soul, of the existence of a local heaven or hell, of the virgin birth, of the sanctity of marriage.
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Oct 08, Cynthia rated it liked it Shelves: Then he believed that he would not have disgraced his family. This concerned the corruption of xianity and the tenets of the Koran. More positively, Menocchio accepted a sort of materialist pantheism, such as was to be reproduced in midth-century England by Ranters and Gerrard Winstanley.
Tne last piece of peasant shrewdness was enough: He was influencing others, and needed to be imprisoned and forever wear a penitential garment.
Sono i luterani quelli che sono tenuti a leggere la Bibbia da soli e ad interpretarla; i cattolici, dal canto loro, hanno la Bibbia interpretata dal prete. Menocchio benefited from Venetian anti-clericalism when he was first on trial gginzburg heresy in After a few years he was released from prison, but he couldn’t stop talking, ginzbirg ultimately the cardinal and pope put their red slippers down and insisted he be burned at the stake, pronto.
Sure, he was uncommonly literate, and This book is so hyped in academic circles, that it was perhaps setting itself up as a disappointment before I even cracked it open. I liked it all right.