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Carlo Ginzburg is Professor Emeritus of History at UCLA and the author of, among other things, The Night Battles and The Cheese and the Worms (the first of his hooks to appear in English, winning instant acclaim).

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Fear Reverence Terror (2015) 55 exemplar

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Vedertaget namn
Ginzburg, Carlo
Namn enligt folkbokföringen
Ginzburg, Carlo
Turin, Italy
Turin, Italy
Pisa, Italy
Los Angeles, California, USA
Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy
University of Pisa (dottore in Lettere)
Scuola Normal Superiore, Pisa
art historian
Ginzburg, Natalia (mother)
Ginzburg, Leone (father)
Ciammitti, Luisa (wife)
University of California, Los Angeles
Institute for Advanced Study
University of Bologna
Priser och utmärkelser
Balzan Prize (2010)
Aby Warburg Prize (1992)
Kort biografi
Carlo Ginzburg is an Italian historian who comes from a distinguished Italian literary and political family. His father was Leone Ginzburg (1909-1944) and his mother was Natalia Levi Ginzburg (1916-1991). He attended one of Italy's most prestigious secondary schools before receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Pisa. He became known as an innovative historian with the publication of his book Night Battles. After teaching in Italian universities, he came to the USA in 1973 to serve as a visiting professor. He was appointed Franklin D. Murphy Professor of Italian Renaissance Studies at UCLA in 1988. He was instrumental persuading the Vatican to open its archives on the Inquisition to scholars and researchers.



Interesting analysis of what might have fed into the belief which arose in Europe from the late 16th century of a Satanic cult, as opposed to the existing beliefs about witches as solitary magical practioners who sometimes did harm to their neighbours. Doubt has, however, been cast on some of this author's conclusions by Professor Hutton in his own book, 'The Witch', that I read recently, in particular the likelihood of shamanic practices being as widespread as this author contends.

Despite this, the various customs which he documents are of interest and I was particularly interested in the opening chapter about the attitude to lepers in the late middle ages, and how they were treated as conspirators against Christendom. I was aware of the persecution of Jews and people viewed as having heretical beliefs, but had not known that lepers also were persecuted, tortured and executed in the same way as those groups and later, those accused of witchcraft.

The author does in places have a tendency to resort to academic language which went over my head rather, but the parts written straightforwardly were fine, and on the whole I rate this at 3 stars.
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kitsune_reader | 1 annan recension | Nov 23, 2023 |
Eight essays that provide insight into Carlo Ginzburg's own view on historical research. Ginzburg (° 1939) is the father of microhistory, the study of seemingly small details with the goal of revealing the bigger picture. Some of the essays in this collection give an idea of how he does this, for example in a brilliant analysis of a witch trial in the Italian city of Modena in 1519 in which he shows how 'orthodox' and 'diabolical' faith actually betray the same mindset. In some essays Ginzburg writes in a very theoretical way and his argument becomes very difficult to follow. More in my historical account on Goodreads:… (mer)
bookomaniac | 1 annan recension | Nov 13, 2023 |
A great account of the inquisition of a miller who can read and think independently which turns into a major problem in the 16th century. His own personal religion is a bizarre collection of folk wisdom and logic applied to a theology of which he only partially understands the orthodox version in the first place. He's also stubborn and unrepentant enough to come back for seconds after getting clemency for a sentence that nearly kills him. Fascinating character.
A.Godhelm | 26 andra recensioner | Oct 20, 2023 |
Al dilà della valenza storiografica - e di eventuali dibattiti o polemiche al riguardo - un libro fondamentale che restituisce con dovizia di particolari un "momento" dell'Italia della Controriforma ben lontano dalla Storia normalmente conosciuta. La lotta del mugnaio Menocchio contro il Sant'Uffizio dimostra che le acque erano meno tranquille di quanto si possa pensare anche negli strati inferiori della società: alla fine la (brutale) legge vince, ma la vicenda del protagonista - con i suoi pochi ma fondamentali libri, le sue convinzioni su Dio e il mondo, il suo 'cervello sottile' - sono irresistibili.… (mer)
catcarlo | 26 andra recensioner | Jun 19, 2023 |



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