Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

Title : Name of the Rose

Author : Umberto Eco

Context : Name of the Rose (1983) is a historical fiction novel by Umberto Eco set in Italy during the 1300s. The historical murder mystery in 1327 is set in an Italian monastery. The Franciscans, suspected of blasphemy in a rich Italian monastery, undergo an investigation by Brother Williams. The novel is a historical and intellectual murder mystery that merges semiotics in medieval studies, biblical analysis, fiction and literary theory.

Synopsis : The Franciscans also called the Benedictines in a rich Italian monastery are suspected of blasphemy in the year 1327.  The investigation is to be done by Brother William of Baskerville. His mission is indeed a sensitive one but events take a turn when the situation is overshadowed suddenly by the strange deaths of seven people. Brother William now turns detective.

As detective, Brother William uses different tools including Roger Bacon’s empirical insights, the theology of Aquinas, the logic of Aristotle and more all of which are honed to a shinny edge by rapacious curiosity and ironic humor. He gathers a lot of evidence including coded manuscripts and decrypts secret symbols. He probes into the abbey’s frightful labyrinth just and is surprised to find that some of the most gripping things occur during night time.

Other works by the Author :


1989 – Foucault’s Pendulum

1995 – The Island of the Day Before

2001 – Baudolino

2005 – The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana

2011 – The Prague Cemetry

2015 – Numero Zero

Non-Fiction Books

1968 – The Absent Structure

1976 – A Theory of Semiotics

1979 – The Role of the Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts

1985 – Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages

1986 – Faith in Fakes: Travels in Hyperreality

1988 – The Aesthetics of Thomas Aquinas

1989 – The Open Work

1989 – The Middle Ages of James Joyce

1990 – The Limits of Interpretation

1993 – Misreadings

1994 – Apocalypse Postponed

1994 – Six Walks in the Fictional Woods

1994 – How to Travel with a Salmon & Other Essays

1995 – Eternal Fascism

1995 – The Search for the Perfect Language (The Making of Europe)

1996 – Encounter

1998 – Serendipities: Language and Lunacy

1999 – Kant and the Platypus

2000 – Belief or Nonbelief?:  A Dialogue

2001 – Five Moral Pieces

2015 – How to Write a Thesis

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