Book Review

The Name of the Rose is a story of murder, politics and ideas. Late in 1327 a Franciscan friar, William of Baskerville, assisted by Adso of Melk, arrived at a Benedictine monastery in Northern Italy to lay the groundwork for a peace conference between the papal delegation of Pope John and Emperor Louis of France. Their arrival at the abbey is welcomed by the mysterious death (suicide) of a young monk. The abbot asks William of Baskerville to investigate. Several other suspicious deaths soon follow.

Using the scholastic method of logic and deductive reasoning to solve the mysteries at the abbey, Friar William of Baskerville explores a labyrinthine medieval library and is confronted by philosophical conflicts of medieval religious controversies and heresies.

First published in Italian in 1980 under the title Il nome della rosa, and in English in 1983, this book is already considered a modern classic by many.