Berengar is assistant librarian, described by Adso as “vain” and “lustful”; his sexual desires and intellectual ambition both have tragic consequences. He is consumed with guilt after the death of Adelmo of Otranto, whom he persuaded to have sex with him in return for access to a mysterious book. He steals William’s glasses from the scriptorium at night in order to prevent him from reading some notes left behind by the murdered Venantius of Salvemec. William and Adso find him drowned in a tub in the infirmary, his tongue blackened with poison after trying to read the mysterious book, the pages of which had been poisoned by Jorge.
Berengar of Arundel Character Timeline in The Name of the Rose
The timeline below shows where the character Berengar of Arundel appears in The Name of the Rose. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Afterwards, William hypothesizes that Adelmo’s death had something to do with his intimate relationship with Berengar. He also believes that many people have tried to enter the library at night, and... (full context)
...is heretical. 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... (full context)
...room, and Adso goes to investigate, but is interrupted when he has a vision of Berengar and the Apocalypse and collapses. William finds him and concludes that someone has placed dangerous,... (full context)
...parties. Meanwhile, Severinus enters the chapter house and asks to speak to William privately. Apparently Berengar was in the infirmary before he died in the bath. He tells William that there... (full context)
...hail (Adelmo fell from the tower of the Aedificium), blood (Venantius died of poison), water (Berengar died of drowning), and now the stars (Severinus was killed with a metal model of... (full context)
...it to the library when Malachi chose him for the position of assistant librarian, replacing Berengar. William fears that the library’s secrecy and the intellectual greed of its custodians will destroy... (full context)
...Greek and Arabic. William observes to Adso that everyone who has died with blackened fingers—Venantius, Berengar, and Malachi—knew Greek, so the next victim will probably know it as well. He suggests... (full context)
...Alinardo—grumbled against the appointment of foreigners to the role. It is possible that Malachi and Berengar were killed, he suggests, because someone didn’t want them to become abbot. Nicholas then shows... (full context)
...history of 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.... (full context)
...deadly poison from the infirmary and poisoned the pages of the book which killed Venantius, Berengar, and Malachi (explaining their blackened fingers and tongues). He convinced Malachi to murder Severinus by... (full context)