THE NAME OF THE ROSE.Translated from the Italian by William Weaver. Illustrated by Neil Packer.

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THE NAME OF THE ROSE.Translated from the Italian by William Weaver. Illustrated by Neil Packer.
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Place Published: London
Publisher: The Folio Society.
Date Published:
Edition: Third Printing of this Edition.
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Fine in Slipcase
Book Id: 309369


Third Printing of the Folio Society Edition. Large octavo, original red cloth decorated and titled in white and gold, decorated endpapers. 499 pp, Frontispiece and seven additional full-page plates printed in colour on glossy paper stock. A limited edition for subscriber's only. A fine copy without dust jacket, in publisher's slipcase, as issued.


Winter, 1327. The medieval Church is rife with corruption. High in a remote monastery in Northern Italy, a young monk has been found murdered in bizarre circumstances. Brother William, a learned member of the Franciscan order, is sent to the monastery to investigate. Accompanied by his young scribe, Adso of Melk - who at the beginning of his account asks only that 'the Lord grant me the grace to be a transparent witness of the happenings that took place in the abbey' - William sets about his task. But before he has had time to become acquainted with his new surroundings, another corpse is discovered, plunged head first into a vat of pig's blood. As the murders multiply, William must navigate his way through a bewildering maze of riddles, conundrums, signs and symbols to solve the ever-deepening mystery. With digressions on everything from theological history to the intricacies of classical philosophy, from the art of manuscript illumination to the darker arts of the occult, the story provides a rich and enthralling feast of love and betrayal, skulduggery, faith and heresy. A runaway bestseller when first published in 1980, The Name of the Rose is a modern classic that will appeal to readers of histories and whodunits alike.

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