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.
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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.
Subscribe Now. Table of Contents. The Cheese and the Worms. The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller. Carlo Ginzburg with a new preface translated by John and Anne C. Paperback E-book. Publication Date: 15 Oct Status: Available. Usually ships business days after receipt of order. Trim Size: 6. Illustrations: 12 halftones. Subject: European History.
The Cheese and the Worms
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Carlo Ginzburg. Translated by John and Anne C. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, Set to celebrate its fortieth anniversary next year, the monograph persists as one of the earliest and most influential examples of microhistory. In this new edition, the relevancy of The Cheese and the Worms is reaffirmed in the scholarship. The book tells the story of an obscure miller names Menocchio. The story of Menocchio emerged from the Inquisitorial documents housed in the archives of the Curia Arcivescovile in Udine, the Friulian region of Italy.
The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller
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. A school was opened at the beginning of the sixteenth century under the direction of Girolamo Amaseo for, "reading and teaching, without exception, children of citizens as well as those artisans and the lower classes, old as well as young, without payment. He began to read some books available in his locality and began to reinterpret the Bible.
This was first published on the now-retired polarcosmology. Check out more information , or buy from Strange Attractor Press. In , in the small hill town of Montereale in northeast Italy, a miller called Menocchio was denounced to the Holy Office by a local priest. He was accused of blaspheming, and of compounding his heresies by spreading them. He was frequently getting into arguments with people about theological matters. During his trial, Menocchio veered between espousing his singular opinions — which were clearly deeply felt, whether based on reading or personal experience — and pragmatic attempts to back down and save himself from execution. His convictions won the day — eventually, in , he was burned at the stake.