Severinus is in charge of the infirmary, where he works as the abbey’s herbalist and doctor, ministering to the sick and dispensing medicine. He quickly strikes up a friendship with William, with whom he shares a passionate intellectual curiosity. When he finds a mysterious Arabic manuscript in the infirmary’s library, he immediately informs William, but by the time William arrives at the infirmary to see the book, it is too late: Severinus is found dead and the forbidden book is stolen shortly afterwards.
Severinus of Sankt Wendel Character Timeline in The Name of the Rose
The timeline below shows where the character Severinus of Sankt Wendel appears in The Name of the Rose. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
After morning prayers, Venantius’s dead body is found in a barrel of pig’s blood. Severinus determines that the cause of death was not drowning, since Venantius’s face isn’t swollen, and... (full context)
...and physical brawling, and Bernard’s archers have to intervene to separate the opposing parties. Meanwhile, Severinus enters the chapter house and asks to speak to William privately. Apparently Berengar was in... (full context)
Left alone in the infirmary, William, Adso, and Benno search for the “strange book” that Severinus had mentioned. William thinks they are looking for a Greek book, since everyone who has... (full context)
...Venantius, Berengar, and Malachi (explaining their blackened fingers and tongues). He convinced Malachi to murder Severinus by claiming that Berengar had been sexually intimate with him in exchange for the forbidden... (full context)