Hildegard of Bingen: Selected Writings (Penguin Black Classics Series)
Hildegard, 'the Sybil of the Rhine', was a Cistercian nun, a prophet, and one of the most prolific and original women writers of the 12th century. Arranged thematically, this new selection brings together extracts from her trilogy of visionary writings,...
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Hildegard, 'the Sybil of the Rhine', was a Cistercian nun, a prophet, and one of the most prolific and original women writers of the 12th century. Arranged thematically, this new selection brings together extracts from her trilogy of visionary writings, her treatise on medicine and the natural world (Causes and Cures), and her choral music (Symphonia), and documents relating to her life and work. She recorded her visions with startling imagery and brings her theology to the reader with relevant and colourful illustrations.
"Benedictine nun, visionary, mystic, poet, musician and naturalist, Hildegard of Bingen was one of the most extraordinary figures of the Middle Ages. At the age of sixty she undertook four preaching tours through the German empire, a venture almost unheard of for a women, and she was consulted not only by her religious contemporaries but by kings and emperors. Hildegard is largely remembered for her apocalyptic and visionary writingsoften compared to those of Dante and Blake - but this selection of her work reveals her to be a wide-ranging thinker who speaks of many of the issues that concern us today: the relationship between human beings and the natural world, mutuality between men and women, and the importance of a holistic approach to life." "This new translation of her work contains selections from her celebrated visionary trilogy, as well as her work on medicine, her songs and correspondence. The volume also includes a selection of letters that were sent to Hildegard, placing her work in a wider context."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Benedictine nun, poet and musician, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was one of the most remarkable figures of the Middle Ages. She undertook preaching tours throughout the German empire at the age of sixty, and was consulted not only by her religious contemporaries but also by kings and emperors, yet it is largely for her apocalyptic and mystical writings that she is remembered. This volume includes selections from her three visionary works, her treatises on medicine and the natural world, her devotional songs, and fascinating letters to prominent figures of her time. Dealing with such eternal subjects as the relationship between humans and nature, and men and women, Hildegard's works show her to be a wide-ranging thinker who created such fresh, startling images and ideas that her writings have been compared to Dante and Blake.
Hildegard of Bingen was born into a well-established noble family in Bermensheim and was given to the monastery as a young child. She became a nun and later founded her own convent at Ruperstberg. In addition to her visionary writings, she also composed liturgical music and was skilled in medicine. She was canonized after her death.
- :selected Writings - Hildegard Of Bingen - Translated By Mark Atherton Introduction:<br>i. Life And Career<br>ii. Hildegard In Her Time<br>iii. Hildegard's Writings<br>further Reading<br>select Discography<br>chronology<br>translator's Note<br><b>know The Ways</b><br>1. Letter To Bernard Of Clairvaux<br>2. The Action Of The Will (from <i>scivias</i>)<br>3. Redemption (from <i>scivias</i>)<br>4. Letter To Odo Of Soissons<br>5. The Trinity (from <i>scivias</i>)<br>6. Letter To Pope Eugenius Iii<br><b>struggles For Independence</b><br>7. Songs For Saint Disibod<br>8. Letter To Hartwig Of Bremen<br>9. Song For Saint Ursula<br>10. The Trials Of The Soul (from <i>scivias</i>)<br>11. Songs For Saint Rupert<br>12. The Departure Of Richardis Of Strade<br>13. The First Version Of <i>the Play Of The Virtues</i> (from <i>scivias</i>)<b>the Sibyl Of The Rhine</b><br>14. Three Political Letters<br>15. Songs For The Dedication Of A Church<br>16. Teachings On The Church (from <i>scivias</i>)<br>17. Letter To Elisabeth Of Sch&#246;nau<br>18. Gertrud Of Stahleck<br>19. Letter To The Abbess Of Bamberg<br><b>in Praise Of Creation</b><br>20. The Cosmic Egg (from <i>scivias</i>)<br>21. The Cosmos (from <i>causes And Cures</i>)<br>22. Gemstones (from <i>physica</i>)<br>23. Songs From <i>symphonia</i><br>24. Two Christmas Homilies<br><b>allegories Of Justice And Love</b><br>25. The Iron Mountain (from <i>scivias</i>)<br>26. The Man Looking East And South (from <i>the Book Of Life's Merits</i>)<br>27. The Seven Vices And Virtues (from <i>the Book Of Life's Merits</i>)<br>28. The Voice From Heaven (from <i>the Book Of Life's Merits</i>)<br>29. The Unknown Language<br>30. Allegorical Letters<br>31. A Vision Of Love (from <i>the Book Of Divine Works</i>)<br><b>hildegard's Life And Influence</b><br>32. Queries And Requests: Selected Letters To Hildegard<br>33. From <i>the Life Of Hildegard</i>, Book 2, By Theoderich Of Echternach<br>34. Gebeno Of Eberbach: The <i>pentachronon</i><br>35. From The Canonization Protocol<br>notes<br>glossary