As a miller and a literate man, Menocchio had a greater exposure to people and ideas than the average peasant-farmer, and apparently also a keen intellect which he used to ponder the world, and the Catholic church’s teachings.

It is nevertheless the case that popular visions of pits and pendulums, of sadistic vicars gleefully condemning Christ to die (as in Ivan Karamazov’s famous parable), are not only wrong but do a disservice to the victims, Menocchio among them, of what was in fact a calculating, rational, blandly bureaucratic office. Though the main focus of the story is Mennochio, it also touches on what books the miller read, what heresies and movements were active in the time, how this may or may not have influenced him. Despite this small lack of detail the book is well-written and wonderfully, thoroughly researched, giving us a small peek through a window into the past of 16th century life, during a time when religion reigned, and those who questioned that religious rule were considered dangerous. It is, as Gilderhus states, "a study of religious heresy among common people in Italy," specifically during the time of the Roman Inquisition in the second half of the sixteenth century. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

This service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. And even better the Italian inquisition!!! A survey of popular culture in 16th century Italy. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. During this time, Menocchio was seen as special as he was a peasant who could read, a peasant who had an education. I couldn't care about the miller Menocchio anymore than I care about any other random individual on the street. Menochio is a true antic. but actually it's completely IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM TO HAVE EVER BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THEM DURING THIS ERA" like seriously SHUT UP u dragged it, This is a microhistory of a sixteenth century Italian miller, whose heretical beliefs brought him to the attention of the Inquisition. Menocchio said: "I have said that, in my opinion, all was chaos, that is, earth, air, water, and fire were mixed together; and out of that bulk a mass formed – just as cheese is made out of milk – and worms appeared in it, and these were the angels. If the chaos of the world was like cheese, angels and god were worms (unsurprisingly the traitionalists were repelled by it). Menocchio tells us that, "in my opinion, all was chaos, that is, earth, air, water, and fire were mixed together; and out of that bulk a mass formed- just as cheese is made out of milk- and worms appeared in it, and these were the angels," (p6) and he goes on to explain that god was created at the same time out of the same mass as the other angels, only he became the lord of angels and was the greatest of them. This is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. The Italian Renaissance baby!!! Carlo Ginzburg uses the trial records of Domenico Scandella, a miller also known as Menocchio, to show how one person responded to the confusing political and religious conditions of his time. Hence, familiar experiences, such as maggots appearing in decomposed cheese, in turn impelled him to make “explanatory analogies” (57) for his beliefs. Ginzburg begins by introducing his miller, who then proceeds to explain all his various heresies, which of course earns him special attention and treatment by the church! Menocchio’s 500-year-old challenge to authority remains evocative and vital today. Menocchio was a miller who was tried for his unorthodox religious views and eventually burnt at the stake for heresy in 1599. But going by the church records, the inquisition gave him a lot of attention. He was a miller, which he himself states was a very social and travelling career- one in which the miller dealt with all levels of society of all levels of literacy.

In any case, I wanted more theory and less story. The Cheese and the Worms (Italian: Il formaggio e i vermi) is a scholarly work by the Italian historian Carlo Ginzburg, published in 1976. Many of his other beliefs are also related to this, including his statement, "Everything that we see is god, and we are all gods," (p4).

While this technique of microhistory is certainly an interesting approach to doing history, I remain as of yet unconvinced that it is a wholly viable method because of the problems it creates for historians when they arrive at the end of the book and find themselves forced to justify their musings by answering the ever-crucial “so what?” factor. [1] It is "probably the most popular and widely read work of microhistory".[2]. The central metaphor of his cosmic fantasy is 'the cheese and the worms', or, more to the point, the relationship between the cheese and its 'spontaneous generation' of worms. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published As a miller in an isolated village in Italy (Montereale), a literate peasant explores the elements of Christianity with an unwittingly pantheistic bend. The only reasonable explanation, in my opinion, is that Menocchio was: either from the future a la Outlander or, he was Socrates resuscitated. Menocchio had a "tendency to reduce religion to morality", using this as justification for his blasphemy during his trial because he believed that the only sin was to harm one's neighbor and that to blaspheme caused no harm to anyone but the blasphemer. It also discusses the possibility that the strange theology was l. This was an interesting and quick little read.

See 1 question about The Cheese and the Worms…, Microhistory: Social Histories of Just One Thing, Escape the Present with These 24 Historical Romances. But going by the church records, the inquisition gave him a lot of attention. The Cheese and the Worms Book Review The rise of literacy towards the end of the Middle Ages brought with it a torrent of individuals ready to think fro themselves and formulate their own theories and ideas regarding God and the Christian faith.

: The books meanings were distorted by Menocchio. Carlo - I am sorry, but your book 'The Cheese and the Worms' was a chore to finish. He came up against the Roman Inquisition multiple times, resulting in several imprisonments and eventually his execution. In this case, Ginzberg’s claim seems particularly odd as he built so much of his argument on the fact that Menocchio was not representative of the average peasant as he was clearly someone who thought for himself, collating authored passages with his own distinctive observations and whimsical notions. It was divied into small, easy to read chapters, meaning that each part could be read and consumed easily. The cheese and the worms : the cosmos of a sixteenth-century miller. He did not read thoroughly but the way he wanted, and apparently he worked with what pleased him. Just as scandalous was the underlying idea that the cosmos, rather than being made by God, emerged spontaneously, before the angels and the Lord himself also emerged, spontaneously. The most superb historigraphic work I've read!

How exploratory was the Age of exploration? 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. 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." “Nicola “said that he had personally broken some tablets that had been placed as a decoration in a church not far from Porcia, declaring it was wrong, and that they did not belong there and were...merchandise...and that figures should not be placed in church.”” (The Cheese and the Worms, Page 20) The Renaissance gave birth to many artistic views and skills. Despite his anomalous approach to religion his village finds him an amiable personality, failing to report him to the Holy Office for well over thirty years. This mirco-history concerns the life and times of one Domenico Scandella, a miller known as 'Menocchio', who was put on trial during the Inquisition for conceiving of and promulgating a blasphemous cosmos in a town of the north-eastern Italian state of Friuli. This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. I didn't enjoy this book the second time around, thus making me wonder if Frank Sinatra really understood what he was talking about when he wrote that song that I'm referencing. Based on the testimony from Menocchio's second trial these books also are known to have been read. Usually ships 2-3 business days after receipt of order. This book is so hyped in academic circles, that it was perhaps setting itself up as a disappointment before I even cracked it open. In which questions you would be quite correct - I have little to no interest, professionally or personally speaking, in the theological and socio-economic landscape of the Friuli region of Italy in the 1500s. This page was last modified on 11 May 2013, at 19:59. At the point of the trial he was a miller. This peasant culture was “intolerant of dogma and ritual, tied to the cycles of nature and fundamentally pre-Christian” (112).

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