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

Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller - 80 edition

Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller - 80 edition

ISBN13: 9780801843877

ISBN10: 0801843871

Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller by Carlo Ginzburg - ISBN 9780801843877
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 80
Copyright: 1980
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
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Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller by Carlo Ginzburg - ISBN 9780801843877

ISBN13: 9780801843877

ISBN10: 0801843871

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 80

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Summary

The Cheese and the Worms is a study of the popular culture in the sixteenth century as seen through the eyes of one man, a miller brought to trial during the Inquisition. 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.

For a common miller, Menocchio was surprisingly literate. In his trail testimony he made referenes 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 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."