The Name of the Rose

Remigio is the abbey’s cellarer, a former Franciscan who joined the Benedictines to escape religious persecution. Remigio admits that he was the first to find Venantius’s dead body in the abbey’s kitchen, but wasn’t sure what to do with it that wouldn’t incriminate himself, so decided to leave it until the morning. When he returned, the corpse was gone. He confesses to William that he was wandering the abbey so late at night because he trades food from the abbey’s cellars in exchange for sex with village girls, using Salvatore of Montferrat as an intermediary, which is why Adso encounters the girl from the village in the kitchen. Since he was in the infirmary around the time that Severinus was murdered, Remigio is arrested by Bernard Gui, who accuses him of heresy. Under the pressure of the interrogation and threat of torture, Remigio admits that he followed Fra Dolcino and concealed heretical letters and papers, and—rediscovering the conviction, faith, and defiance that had once animated him—he also confesses (falsely) that he and Salvatore killed Severinus and the other monks.

Remigio of Varagine Quotes in The Name of the Rose

The The Name of the Rose quotes below are all either spoken by Remigio of Varagine or refer to Remigio of Varagine. 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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First Day Quotes

“My good Adso,” my master said, “during our whole journey I have been teaching you to recognize the evidence through which the world speaks to us like a great book.”

Related Characters: William of Baskerville (speaker), Adso of Melk, Remigio of Varagine
Page Number: 26
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Fifth Day Quotes

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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Remigio of Varagine Character Timeline in The Name of the Rose

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First Day
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William and Adso encounter Remigio of Varagine, the cellarer, who is searching for the abbot’s lost horse, Brunellus. William amazes... (full context)
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...the lord, throw away your books.” Before they part, William asks Ubertino about Salvatore and Remigio: Ubertino admits that they were once followers of a “heretical” group as well. (full context)
Second Day
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William and Adso witness an argument between Salvatore and Remigio, who call each other heretics, prompting Adso to reflect on the difficulty of distinguishing between... (full context)
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...disrupt the negotiations. Abo, however, confesses that the 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,... (full context)
Third Day
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...your true enemies are too strong, you have to choose weaker enemies.” Eventually, he met Remigio and took refuge at the abbey. Adso asks him whether he ever knew Fra Dolcino,... (full context)
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...confess their sins. William has a hypothesis that explains the girl’s presence. He suspects that Remigio trades food from the kitchens in exchange for sex with the peasant girls. On their... (full context)
Fourth Day
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...girl in the kitchen, confirming William’s theory that he procures women from the village for Remigio, who offers them food in exchange for sex. William then confronts Remigio, who admits to... (full context)
Fifth Day
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...the infirmary and lock himself in, making sure that the book is kept safe. Jorge, Remigio, and Aymaro seem to overhear, and follow Severinus out. On William’s orders, Adso follows them,... (full context)
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...someone had been looking for something in the infirmary. Bernard has already arrived and arrested Remigio, who was found in the infirmary rummaging through the shelves, but the cellarer protests his... (full context)
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Bernard puts Remigio on trial, accusing him of murder and of having known Fra Dolcino. Salvatore is brought... (full context)
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Bernard tells Remigio that he must confess to two crimes: that he is a heretic who followed Fra... (full context)
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...William sends Adso to bed. Adso remarks on the unfairness of the “simple folk” (like Remigio, Salvatore, and the girl) suffering for the sins of the powerful. (full context)
Sixth Day
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...blackened. Jorge weeps and says “it will never end.” Nicholas is appointed cellarer to replace Remigio, but the post of librarian remains vacant. Benno is told to ensure that the scriptorium... (full context)
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...the chapel, finding William saying goodbye to the Franciscans. He hears that the prisoners (Salvatore, Remigio, and the girl) have already left. He decides that it’s better this way, since he... (full context)
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...that, in their turn, originate in the remote 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... (full context)