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Voice of the Living Light: Hildegard of Bingen and Her World
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) would have been an extraordinary person in any age. But for a woman of the twelfth century her achievements were so exceptional that posterity has found it hard to take her measure. Barbara Newman, a premier Hildegard authority, brings major scholars together to present an accurate portrait of the Benedictine nun and her many contributions t ...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published September 30th 1998 by University of California Press
(first published August 31st 1998)
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Read several chapters of this for a seminar discussion on Hildegard's historical context and some of her visions in Scivias. Newman's introductory essay is excellent, capturing the many facets of Hildegard. The other chapters I read were all solid. Because this is a multi-author volume, there is some overlap in material.
I read this book with an eye to getting an academic slant on powerful women in the medieval church, because I was so struck by Julian of Norwich, one of the historic characters in The Illuminator. Hildegard of Bingen lived nearly 250 years earlier than Julian of Norwich, and in what is now Germany. Even though written by academics, I found this book of essays to be very useful, and accessible. I would recommend it to anyone who wants historic information about a powerful female voice in the medi ...more
Detailed yet easy to read, the story of a remarkable woman. The thing about Hildegard of Bingen is I think she would stand out today, I find it stunning she did as much as she did in the 12th century, much lass being a woman in that time in history. I admit when I saw it was written by several academics I was braced for a dry read. I'm happy to say it wasn't.
Did not originally think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. What a remarkable woman and especially for her time 1098-1179. Countless first and onlies in our history. Theologian, scientist, historian, naturalist, playwright and composer to name a few of her accomplishments.