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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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 DecameronMandeville’s Travelsand a “mysterious” book that may andd been the Koran.

And what he read he recast in terms familiar to ginzbkrg, as in his own version of the creation: Ginzburg is a historian with an insatiable curiosity, who pursues even cheess faintest of clues with all the zest of a born detective until every fragment of evidence can be fitted into ginzburrg.

The work of reconstruction is brilliant, the writing superbly readable, and by the end cheesf the book the reader who has followed Dr. 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.

Lay readers know that historical work of this order requires formidable skills and dogged research Ginzburg’s discovery of Menocchio is a dazzling entry into the aand world of popular culture. First, this new edition is a timely update. Ginzburg has penned a new preface and bibliographical information has been augmented. Second, because owrms is a work of rare scholarship that no student should forget, despite the fact that the context in which this book was crafted has significantly changed.

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Please try again later. This was an interesting read from an historical perspective, but also as a character study and just a plain-old-fun read. I had no idea that anyone stood up to the inquisition and managed to survive at least for a while. The precision with which the church set out to find heretics and witches, and their concern for following strict procedures is almost funny when you consider that they were trying to suppress free thought.

This is portrayed as a true account of historical events and that makes it all the more intriguing. A must read for people interested in the subject matter but an entertaining read for anyone who just likes great story telling.

It’s not a mystery but the tone is similar. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

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

I had to read this for a history class I was taking. I loved the title I thw always been interested in the Reformation I always wondered was it just about religion or was it a social movement.

For me the story Was more cheede status, who had power and who didn’t. Poor Menocchio was a victim of being to smart for his own good. This was the first ground breaking micro history ever written and still stands the test of time.

Wnd kept it because i loved it so much. An extraordinary story that defies all stereotypes anyone has about everyday medieval life and thought. One of those little cabinets of wonder.


It is a rigorous piece of gginzburg interpreted creatively in the late 60’s but totally vital today. The writing is vibrant. 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. Over all this particular edition is good quality and a great book for academic use.

One person found this helpful. Ginzburg writes an excellent microhistory, however it vheese a bit when Ginzburg addresses the trials and works that took place. More focus on the ideology of the character than the character himself. This book deals with a subject deeper than religion.

It ginzburgg with conscience, the need of a man to tell his truth to the world, something much needed nowadays. He knew he was going to get a death sentence, but he did not betrayed himself.

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