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

Author Name    Ginzburg, Carlo

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


Book Condition   Good

Publisher    Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN Number    0801843871 / 9780801843877

Seller ID   SKU1041856

0801843871 Good. Light to moderate shelf wear to covers/corners; satisfaction guaranteed. Contains light to moderate highlighting, notes, underlining and/or other markings; satisfaction guaranteed. Trade paperback binding. Earthlight Books is a family owned and operated, independent bookstore serving Walla Walla, Washington since 1973.

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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."

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