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.
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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 confusing political and religious conditions of the time.
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.
Odd little book, apparently a classic of the field. The Cheese and the Worms is the history of a peasant who was put on trial for heresy. It draws on Inquisition source documents to help reveal something about popular culture which is otherwise obscure Carlo Ginzburg. My opinions came out of myhead. God of nature 23 Thethree rings 24 Written culture andoral culture. Two spirits seven souls four elements.
To killpriests 42 A new world 43 End of the interrogations. Oh great omnipotent and holy God. Preface to the Edition. John Tedeschi , Anne C.
The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller
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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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.