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

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

Carlo Ginzburg


The Cheese and the Worms is a examine of the preferred tradition within the 16th century as noticeable throughout the eyes of 1 guy, a miller dropped at trial throughout the Inquisition. Carlo Ginzburg makes use of the trial files of Domenico Scandella, a miller sometimes called Menocchio, to teach how one individual replied to the complicated political and spiritual stipulations of his time.

For a standard miller, Menocchio was once unusually literate. In his trial testimony he made references to greater than a dozen books, together with the Bible, Boccaccio's Decameron, Mandeville's Travels, and a "mysterious" e-book which can were the Koran. And what he learn he recast in phrases regular to him, as in his personal model of the production: "All used to be chaos, that's earth, air, water, and fireplace have been combined jointly; and of that bulk a mass formed―just as cheese is produced from milk―and worms seemed in it, and those have been the angels."

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