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Selected Writings : Penguin Classics - Hildegard of Bingen

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Paperback Published: 1st November 2001
ISBN: 9780140436044
Number Of Pages: 320
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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 woman, and she was consulted not only by her religious contemporaries but by kings and emperors. Hildegard is largely remembered for her apocalyptic and visionary writings - often 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.

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Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) 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. With papal approval she wrote down her visions and travelled through Germany preaching. As well as her visionary writing, she composed liturgical music and was skilled in medicine, and was canonized after her death.

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Letter to Bernard of Clairvauxp. 3
The Action of the Will (from Scivias)p. 6
Redemption (from Scivias)p. 9
Letter to Odo of Soissonsp. 21
The Trinity (from Scivias)p. 23
Letter to Pope Eugenius IIIp. 31
Songs for Saint Disibodp. 35
Letter to Hartwig of Bremenp. 37
Song for Saint Ursulap. 39
The Trials of the Soul (from Scivias)p. 41
Songs for Saint Rupertp. 47
The Departure of Richardis of Stadep. 51
The First Version of the Play of the Virtues (from Scivias)p. 53
Three Political Lettersp. 65
Songs for the Dedication of a Churchp. 69
Teachings on the Church (from Scivias)p. 71
Letter to Elisabeth of Schonaup. 79
Gertrud of Stahleckp. 82
Letter to the Abbess of Bambergp. 84
The Cosmic Egg (from Scivias)p. 89
The Cosmos (from Causes and Cures)p. 93
Gemstones (from Physica)p. 106
Songs from Symphoniap. 115
Two Christmas Homiliesp. 123
The Iron Mountain (from Scivias)p. 131
The Man Looking East and South (from the Book of Life's Merits)p. 136
The Seven Vices and Virtues (from the Book of Life's Merits)p. 139
The Voice from Heaven (from The Book of Life's Merits)p. 146
The Unknown Languagep. 161
Allegorical Lettersp. 163
A Vision of Love (from The Book of Divine Works)p. 171
Queries of Requests: Selected Letters to Hildegardp. 179
From the Life of Hildegard, Book 2, by Theoderich of Echternachp. 188
Gebeno of Eberbach: The Pentachrononp. 193
From the Canonization Protocolp. 196
Notesp. 205
Glossaryp. 237
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ISBN: 9780140436044
ISBN-10: 0140436049
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st November 2001
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1