The Name of the Rose

Michael of Cesena Character Analysis

Like Ubertino, Michael is a Spiritualist and ally of the Emperor, and believes that the church should adopt a lifestyle of strict poverty. At the end of 1327, Michael has been summoned to Avignon to see the pope, but fears he is walking into a trap. Adso reports that after the events at the abbey, Michael’s diplomatic mission to Avignon fails and he escapes by joining the Emperor’s entourage.

Michael of Cesena Quotes in The Name of the Rose

The The Name of the Rose quotes below are all either spoken by Michael of Cesena or refer to Michael of Cesena. 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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"Naturally, A Manuscript" and Prologue Quotes

Michael of Cesena […] proclaimed as a matter of faith and doctrine the poverty of Christ. A worth resolution, meant to safeguard the virtue and purity of the order, it highly displeased the Pope, who perhaps discerned in it a principle that would jeopardize the very claims that he, as head of the church, had made, denying the empire the right to elect bishops, and asserting on the contrary that the papal throne had the right to invest the emperor.

Related Characters: Adso of Melk (speaker), Michael of Cesena
Page Number: 13
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Michael of Cesena Character Timeline in The Name of the Rose

The timeline below shows where the character Michael of Cesena appears in The Name of the Rose. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
"Naturally, A Manuscript" and Prologue
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...had become the Pope’s enemies and the Emperor’s allies, because the general of the Franciscans, Michael of Cesena, claimed that the church should renounce its political authority and its officials should... (full context)
Second Day
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Abo and William discuss the political situation. Michael of Cesena, a Franciscan leader, has been summoned to Avignon to see the Pope but... (full context)
Fourth Day
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...Franciscan delegation and the Pope’s envoys begin to arrive. Adso joins a conference between William, Michael, Ubertino, and Jerome of Kaffa, a foolish bishop who hates the Pope. They accuse the... (full context)
Fifth Day
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...and returning to a state of poverty. Abo summarizes recent events, explaining that in 1322 Michael of Cesena proclaimed that Christ and his apostles had never owned any property, a claim... (full context)
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Michael asks Ubertino to sum up the position of the Franciscans on Apostolic poverty. Ubertino argues... (full context)
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...who shares these heretical ideas will be punished—preventing any chance of reconciliation between Ubertino and Michael and the Pope’s envoys. (full context)
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After the disastrous trial, William convenes with Ubertino and Michael. Michael says that despite the threat to his life, he is determined to go to... (full context)
Last Page
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...Supporters of Pope John are being persecuted and tortured. Rome rebels against the Emperor, and Michael of Cesena flees Avignon, fearing for his life. William and Adso decide to leave Italy,... (full context)