The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-century Miller (Paperback)
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The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-century Miller (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 01/03/1992
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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 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."

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 9780801843877
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 13 mm

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