Life in the Sixteenth Century Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Life in the Sixteenth Century
A review of Italian historian Carlo Ginzburg's discoveries of life in sixteenth century Italy under the Holy Inquisition.
# 135094 | 1,250 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in History (European - 16th Century)

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This paper develops ideas which Italian historian Carlo Ginzburg has developed. The paper describes how Ginzburg came across the trial records of an Italian village miller who was condemned for heresy in 1600, and from these records, he develops a view of the man's life, with a particular emphasis on his religious views. The paper discusses how this man rejected the teaching of the Church, and favored instead a wideranging pantheism. The paper explains that the result was fascinating, but heretical.

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"Historian Carlo Ginzburg came across records of two inquisition trials dating from the late 16th century. These are remarkable documents, because they show a rather common individual, a miller from Northern Italy named Domenica Scandella and nicknamed Menocchio, trying to explain his view of the universe to members of the Holy Inquisition. The reaction of his interlocutors ranged somewhere between fascination and horror (91) as the miller explained a sort of popular pantheism that was the core of his belief system, and they eventually concluded that he should be burned at the stake for his heretical views (127-28). However, his case generated..."

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