A a string of strange deaths plagues a wealthy Italian abbey. In this 14th-century thriller, every death exposes a new piece of an age-old conspiracy. Dangerous knowledge and the future of the Catholic Church hang in the balance.
The year is 1327 and a terrifying crime is committed within the walls a Benedictine monastery. In the midst of a crisis in the church while on the road to a secret meeting Brother William of Baskerville a passing visitor is perhaps the only man who can solve it. His tools; the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon - all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He and his assistant Adso of Melk collect the evidence, decipher secret symbols, coded manuscripts, and dig into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where “the most interesting things happen at night.”
Brother William of Baskerville is a highly intelligent Franciscan monk. Like Sherlock Holmes, William comes from England - not from Scotland Yard, however, but from the philosophical school of Roger Bacon and William of Occam. William a keen observer of signs and human behavior gained renown as an inquisitor. But the terrors he faces within the Abby will test his knowledge and his faith.
Brother William of Baskerville, 45
Franciscan monk/ former inquisitor