The Name of the Rose | Study Guide

Umberto Eco

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The Name of the Rose | Characters

Character Description
William of Baskerville William of Baskerville is a wise Minorite monk and a man with exceptionally keen observational skills and logical reasoning. Read More
Adso of Melk Adso of Melk is a young Austrian Benedictine monk and William of Baskerville's mentee. Read More
Abo Abo is the abbot of the Benedictine abbey. He is trapped and suffocates inside a secret passage in the library. Read More
Bernard Gui Bernard Gui (c. 1261–1331) is an inquisitor and staunch supporter of the Catholic Church. Read More
Jorge of Burgos Jorge of Burgos is an elderly blind monk responsible for setting fire to the abbey. Read More
Malachi of Hildesheim Malachi of Hildesheim is the abbey's librarian and is fiercely protective of its books. Read More
Severinus of Sankt Wendel Severinus of Sankt Wendel is an herbalist in charge of the abbey infirmary, where he uses medicinal herbs for healing. Read More
Adelmo of Otranto Adelmo of Otranto is a manuscript illuminator and eager scholar who commits suicide.
Alinardo of Grottaferrata Alinardo of Grottaferrata is the oldest monk at the abbey; he believes the murders are related to the Apocalypse.
Aymaro of Alessandria Aymaro of Alessandria is a sarcastic and "sneering" monk who talks about the supposed homosexual liaisons among some monks.
Benno of Uppsala Benno of Uppsala is a young Scandinavian monk who works in the scriptorium and is made assistant librarian after Berengar's death.
Berengar of Arundel Berengar of Arundel is the abbey's assistant librarian and a homosexual. His sexual activity with other monks leaves him open to blackmail.
Brother Jerome Brother Jerome is a Franciscan who supports Ubertino of Casale and Michael of Cesena but formulates weak arguments to support their beliefs.
Brother Michael In a story about the Inquisition, Brother Michael refuses to deny his beliefs and is burned.
Hugh of Newcastle Hugh of Newcastle is a Minorite who attends the meeting to support the Franciscans.
Marsilius of Padua Marsilius of Padua is a philosopher who writes anti-papal tracts and comes under the protection of Emperor Louis IV.
Michael of Cesena Michael of Cesena is a Franciscan Spiritualist who is ordered to an audience with the pope, which he fears is a trap.
Narrator The unnamed narrator of the first section, "Naturally, a Manuscript," describes how one book leads to another in his search for Adso of Melk's memoir.
Nicholas of Morimondo Nicholas of Morimondo is the abbey's glazier (a craftsman who works with glass) who makes William a new pair of eyeglasses. After Remigio is taken away, Nicholas becomes the abbey's cellarer, the monk who looks after food and drink in the abbey.
Pacificus of Tivoli Pacificus of Tivoli is a monk who talks with William about who should be appointed librarian after Malachi of Hildesheim's death.
Remigio of Varagine Remigio of Varagine is the abbey's cellarer. Bernard Gui tries and convicts him for heresy.
Salvatore Salvatore is an ugly, deformed man from a desperately impoverished background. Once a follower of the heretic Fra Dolcino, Salvatore takes refuge with his friend Remigio in the abbey.
Ubertino of Casale Ubertino of Casale is a Franciscan Spiritualist devoted to poverty who takes refuge in the abbey to escape the pope's wrath. He's anti-intellectual and rejects learning as a form of pride.
Abbé Vallet In the first section, "Naturally, a Manuscript," Abbé Vallet is the author whose book is found first, containing Adso's memoir.
Venantius of Salvemec Venantius of Salvemec is a Greek translator in the scriptorium who seeks and finds the forbidden book. He is murdered by Jorge of Burgos's poison but leaves notes on the secret book that help William of Baskerville access the finis Africae.
Village girl The village girl is brought to the abbey by Salvatore so that Remigio can have sex with her in exchange for food. Later, she's captured with Salvatore and his implements of witchcraft.
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