Salvatore speaks a strange combination of multiple languages, including Latin, an Italian dialect, and Provençale. Adso describes his face and body as “bestial.” Like Remigio, he was a follower of Fra Dolcino and has taken sanctuary in the abbey. He is arrested by Bernard Gui for using superstitious rituals to try to cast a love spell on a girl from the village, and Remigio accuses him of collaborating in the murders. His bad Latin accidentally gives William and Adso the key to opening the finis Africae: he refers to a horse as “of the third” instead of “the third,” which helps William understand Venantius’s riddle. Salvatore’s bizarre language demonstrates that even confusing and incoherent signs can have meaning.
Salvatore of Montferrat Quotes in The Name of the Rose
The The Name of the Rose quotes below are all either spoken by Salvatore of Montferrat or refer to Salvatore of Montferrat. 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: 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.
Salvatore of Montferrat Character Timeline in The Name of the Rose
The timeline below shows where the character Salvatore of Montferrat appears in The Name of the Rose. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...wounds of 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)
...are the simple: “first comes the condition of being simple, then the heresy.” People like Salvatore—who are poor, outcast, and uneducated, like “lepers”—are easy prey for these movements because they are... (full context)
...streets shouting “penitenziagite!” (a vernacular translation of the Latin for “do penance”). Adso has heard Salvatore say this exact phrase. Gherardo came into conflict with the church for his preaching, which... (full context)
...in to speak with Severinus, but quickly leaves when he sees William and Adso there. Salvatore accounts for the presence of the girl in the kitchen, confirming William’s theory that he... (full context)
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 met... (full context)
...murders. But when Bernard threatens him with torture, Remigio falsely confesses to the murders, naming Salvatore as his accomplice—an act of revenge for Salvatore’s betrayal. Bernard sentences Salvatore and Remigio to... (full context)
...leaves 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... (full context)