The Name of the Rose | Study Guide

Umberto Eco

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Timeline of Events

  • Latter 14th century

    Adso of Melk begins writing his memoir of the events of 1327 at the abbey.

    Prologue
  • November 1327

    Benno sees Adelmo go into Berengar's cell. Adelmo then goes to confess his sin to Jorge.

    Second Day, Sext
  • Later that month

    William and Adso arrive at the abbey and learn about the circumstances surrounding Adelmo's death.

    First Day, Prime
  • The following day

    Venantius of Salvemec is found dead in a barrel of pig's blood.

    Second Day, Matins
  • Later that day

    William and Adso follow Alinardo's instructions and enter the labyrinthine library.

    Second Day, Night
  • The following night

    William and Adso find Berengar's dead body floating in a bathtub.

    Third Day, Night
  • The following morning

    William translates Venantius's parchment but its message is obscure.

    Fourth Day, Terce
  • Hours later

    Bernard Gui, the inquisitor, and the papal delegation arrive.

    Fourth Day, Nones
  • Later that evening

    William and Adso figure out how the labyrinth is organized. They try to find the finis Africae.

    Fourth Day, After Compline
  • That night

    Salvatore and the village girl are imprisoned by Gui for the heresy of witchcraft.

    Fourth Day, Night
  • The following day

    Severinus is murdered in the infirmary. Gui arrests Remigio for the murder.

    Fifth Day, Sext
  • A few hours later

    Gui interrogates Remigio, threatening torture to get him to confess to both heresy and murder.

    Fifth Day, Nones
  • Hours later

    Jorge's speech damns to eternal hellfire those who seek knowledge beyond what is in the Bible.

    Fifth Day, Compline
  • Early the next morning

    Malachi, whose tongue and fingers are blackened, falls dead in the abbey church.

    Sixth Day, Matins
  • Later that evening

    William interprets Latin signs correctly and he and Adso gain entrance to the finis Africae.

    Sixth Day, After Compline
  • The following night

    William and Adso find Jorge in the finis Africae with the secret book.

    Seventh Day, Night (1)
  • Minutes later

    Jorge uses Adso's lamp to set fire to the ancient books, causing the entire abbey to burn down.

    Seventh Day, Night (2)
  • Latter 14th century

    The elderly Adso can find no meaning in the manuscript fragments he found at the abbey.

    Last Page

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Chapter Summary
Naturally, a Manuscript–Prologue The narrator acquires a manuscript in 1968 originally written by the 14th-century monk Adso of Melk. A French translat... Read More
First Day, Prime–Sext William of Baskerville and Adso of Melk reach the abbey and immediately notice the towering Aedificium ("huge building... Read More
First Day, Toward Nones–Compline William of Baskerville and Adso of Melk meet the monk Severinus of Sankt Wendel. Severinus is an herbalist who is also... Read More
Second Day, Matins–Sext William of Baskerville and Adso of Melk arise for Matins and go to pray with the other monks. As the monks chant the p... Read More
Second Day, Nones–Night Abo is preparing the abbey's riches for display during the upcoming meeting. He shows William of Baskerville and Adso ... Read More
Third Day, From Lauds to Prime–Nones Berengar seems to be missing and a white, bloodstained cloth is found in his cell. Some monks are sent to search aroun... Read More
Third Day, Vespers–Night William of Baskerville is concerned when Abo tells him that Bernard Gui, an inquisitor, will be attending the upcoming... Read More
Fourth Day, Lauds–Sext William of Baskerville, Adso of Melk, and Severinus of Sankt Wendel examine Berengar's corpse, and Severinus says "the... Read More
Fourth Day, Nones–Night The papal legation of inquisitors, led by Bernard Gui, arrives at the abbey. Gui is hostile to William of Baskerville ... Read More
Fifth Day, Prime–Sext The two legations meet to discuss the issue of Franciscan poverty. The meeting takes place in the narthex (antechamber... Read More
Fifth Day, Nones–Compline Bernard Gui presides over the interrogation of Remigio on two charges: heresy and multiple murder. The assembled monks... Read More
Sixth Day, Matins–After Terce Malachi of Hildesheim is missing from his stall during Matins. Both the abbot and Jorge of Burgos are clearly nervous ... Read More
Sixth Day, Sext–After Compline William of Baskerville returns to the scriptorium and finds in the catalog the book he's been looking for—one with a s... Read More
Seventh Day, Night (1)–Last Page William of Baskerville and Adso of Melk see Jorge of Burgos sitting at a table in the hidden room with a book in front... Read More
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