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Scarlet Music: A Life of Hildegard of Bingen

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In breathtaking prose, Joan Ohanneson has crafted an unforgettable encounter with Hildegard, the astonishing visionary and prophet, artist and healer, whose music is sweeping the charts today. Weaving into her text Hildegard's own vivid accounts of the Living Light the author brings to life the feather on the breath of God Hildegard of Bingen, who shattered stereotypes of ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by The Crossroad Publishing Company (first published 1997)
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Rachel Terry
Jun 24, 2009 rated it liked it
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Hildegard of Bingen was tithed to the church as a child in 12th-century Germany. She receives visions from Lady Wisdom. At age seven she becomes an oblate to Lady Jutta, the abess of St. Disinbedenberg. Lady Hildegard records her visions and publishes them, making herself famous. Kings and noblemen seek her counsel in political affairs. The plot lacks intensity and conflict.
Dottie Brunette
Jun 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A fictionalized version of the life of Hildegard Von Bingen also known as St. Hildegard by some. A medieval abbess who took on the church, defied the pope, was a mystic and an exceptional writer of church music--still used today. A book for anyone looking for something different
Katy
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I was hoping for more music and less mysticism.
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Historical novel of Hildegard of Bingen. A great intro into Hildegard...
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A thoroughly researched novel that enchanted me because Hildegard was an early feminist in a time when it "hurt." If you enjoy outstanding historical fiction, you will enjoy this.
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JOAN OHANNESON is an author, producer, teacher, and international lecturer.

She has worked extensively in the field of human liberation, focusing on issues of spirituality and sexuality and women's gifts in church and society. These themes unite in her third book,

SCARLET MUSIC - A Life of Hildegard of Bingen,

a fictionalized biography of the extraordinary 12th c. abbess and visionary whose prophecie
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