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She was a Benedictine abbess, artist, composer, dietician, naturalist, poet, travelling preacher, mystic, and political consultant. She was a self-doubter with acute certainty in a merciful and mysterious God; a gifted healer who suffered from illness her whole life. Meet the incomparable Hildegard of Bingen. Nourishing, challenging, and idea-bursting, her writings will st ...more
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Published December 1st 2009 by Paraclete Press (first published March 1st 2007)
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This collection includes poems, excerpts from letters, a morality play, and selections from visionary accounts by Hildegard of Bingen, who lived during the 12ts century. The selections are good (for all I know of Hildegard) and the translations comfortable and easy to read, though Butcher's method as she explains it leaves something to be desired. For one, she "cleans up" Hildegard's poems, taking out things that she feels are boring or unnecessary, claiming that they wouldn't be good for modern ...more
Derek Emerson
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was a Benedictine abbess, composer, and mystic. She is known by many today because of her music, but her creativity was born of mystical experiences which found their expression in a variety of ways. The book, Hildegard of Bingen: A Spiritual Reader, is a reader which includes selections from her songs, theological texts, drama, liturgical music, and letters. Each section is introduced by the translator and editor, Carmen Acevedo Butcher, who also provides an intr ...more
niet helemaal uitgelezen, viel me toch wat tegen. Voornamelijk veel vertalingen van Hildegards teksten, en dat dan erg geautoriseerd.
What a delightful book! Carmen Butcher does an excellent job explaining Hildegard's remarkable life and accomplishments. This is an excellent "taste" of Hildegard's work.
Accessible and provocative.
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