The Name of the Rose

Although Fra Dolcino does not appear in the story, other characters frequently refer to him, and Remigio and Salvatore were among his followers. Dolcino was a radical reformer who split off from the Franciscan order, preaching absolute poverty and renunciation of property. He and his followers lived in the hills and raided local villages, until they were defeated by the authorities and Dolcino was publicly executed.

Fra Dolcino Quotes in The Name of the Rose

The The Name of the Rose quotes below are all either spoken by Fra Dolcino or refer to Fra Dolcino. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Mariner Books edition of The Name of the Rose published in 2014.
Third Day Quotes

This is the illusion of heresy. The faith a movement proclaims doesn't count: what counts is the hope it offers. Scratch the heresy and you will find the leper. Every battle against heresy wants only to keep the leper as he is.

Page Number: 218
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What Bernard wanted was clear. Without the slightest interest in knowing who had killed the other monks, he wanted only to show that Remigio somehow shared the ideas propounded by the Emperor's theologians. And once he had shown the connection between those ideas […] and had shown that one man in that abbey subscribed to all those heresies and had been the author of many crimes, he would thus have dealt a truly mortal blow to his adversaries.

Related Characters: Adso of Melk (speaker), Remigio of Varagine, Fra Dolcino, Bernard Gui
Page Number: 407
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Fra Dolcino Character Timeline in The Name of the Rose

The timeline below shows where the character Fra Dolcino appears in The Name of the Rose. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Second Day
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...abbey is harboring some former Franciscan monks—including Remigio, the cellarer—who may have associated with Fra Dolcino, a leader of a popular religious movement, and his followers, the “Pseudo Apostles.” If the... (full context)
Third Day
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...Remigio and took refuge at the abbey. Adso asks him whether he ever knew Fra Dolcino, but Salvatore refuses to answer. (full context)
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...Ubertino praying, and asks him to tell him the story of the Franciscan heretic Fra Dolcino. Ubertino tells him that the story begins with a popular religious leader named Gherardo Segarelli,... (full context)
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...reads a history of heretical movements and learns about the torture and execution of Fra Dolcino and Margaret. He remembers the time that he saw a heretic named Brother Michael burned... (full context)
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Adso’s remembrance of Brother Michael becomes confused with the images of Dolcino and Margaret. Upstairs in the labyrinth, he enters the rooms with vision-inducing herbs. He reads... (full context)
Fourth Day
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...to this behavior as well as admitting that he used to be a follower of Dolcino. He confesses that the night that Venantius died, he came into the kitchen for his... (full context)
Fifth Day
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Bernard puts Remigio on trial, accusing him of murder and of having known Fra Dolcino. Salvatore is brought into the court, having clearly been tortured. He tells Bernard that he... (full context)
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...that he must confess to two crimes: that he is a heretic who followed Fra Dolcino, and that he is guilty of all the murders that have taken place at the... (full context)
Seventh Day
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...out, but those revolts against “the laws of God and the laws of nature”—like Fra Dolcino’s Pseudo Apostles—come to an end quickly, like a carnival, and are easily suppressed by the... (full context)