The Name of the Rose

Adelmo was an illuminator known for the beauty and ingenuity of his illustrations. He was very intellectually curious and lively, having engaged in a spirited debate with Jorge on the permissibility of laughter before his death. His dead body is found at the base of the library tower, setting off William’s murder investigation. It later emerges that he had engaged in a sexual relationship with Berengar in an attempt to gain access to a book that the librarians seemed intent on hiding, and committed suicide as a result.

Adelmo of Otranto Quotes in The Name of the Rose

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And, Benno added with a smile, how many times had he himself not been stirred by desires of the intellect so violent that to satisfy them he would have consented to complying with others' carnal desires, even against his own inclination.

Related Characters: Benno of Upsala (speaker), Adelmo of Otranto
Related Symbols: The Finis Africae
Page Number: 148
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Adelmo of Otranto Character Timeline in The Name of the Rose

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First Day
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...requests William’s expertise as a detective and inquisitor in solving a mystery: a monk named Adelmo of Otranto, who illustrated manuscripts in the scriptorium, recently fell to his death from the... (full context)
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...he worked as a judge for the Inquisition. Ubertino also has some less-than-kind words for Adelmo, whom he accuses of “pride of the intellect.” In his eyes, scholarship has made William... (full context)
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Malachi shows them Adelmo’s now empty desk. Adelmo’s marginal illustrations are very creative and unusual, including one drawing of... (full context)
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Jorge accuses Adelmo of taking pleasure in the “monsters he painted,” and of following the “path of monstrosity”... (full context)
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...remember a conversation involving his “dear” friend, alluding to a particular closeness between Berengar and Adelmo. Jorge warns William and Adso that the Apocalypse is at hand, and that they should... (full context)
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Afterwards, William hypothesizes that Adelmo’s death had something to do with his intimate relationship with Berengar. He also believes that... (full context)
Second Day
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...then interrogates a distressed and guilty Berengar, who claims that he saw the ghost of Adelmo in the abbey’s graveyard. Berengar claims that Adelmo called him my “beautiful master” and told... (full context)
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...They then talk with Aymaro of Alessandria, a gossipy monk who suggests that Berengar and Adelmo had a sexual relationship. He complains that the abbey has been taken over by foreigners,... (full context)
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...with him. Benno finally tells the whole truth of what he knows. It appears that Adelmo had agreed to sleep with Berengar in exchange for access to the forbidden book located... (full context)
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...chapel crypt. He predicts that the Apocalypse is at hand, and that the deaths of Adelmo and Venantius were “sounding the trumpets” before the Last Judgment. William and Adso pass through... (full context)
Fifth Day
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...that the murders are following a plan according to the Book of the Apocalypse: hail (Adelmo fell from the tower of the Aedificium), blood (Venantius died of poison), water (Berengar died... (full context)
Sixth Day
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...the abbey.” The key wasn’t Remigio’s heretical past, or the illicit relations between Berengar and Adelmo. Rather, everything turns on the theft of a book from the finis Africae. Abo demands... (full context)
Seventh Day
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...all, Venantius had only gotten into the finis Africae after he showed the book to Adelmo. He flung the body into the vat of pig’s blood, hoping everyone would be convinced... (full context)