of Bingen: On Natural Philosophy and Medicine
of Bingen, 1098-1179 : A Visionary Life
by Sabina Flanagan
of Bingen : Inspired Conscience of the Twelfth Century
by Regine Pernoud
Drawing on contemporary
sources, the text unfolds Hildegard's life from the time of her entrance
into an anchoress's cell to her death as a famed visionary and writer,
abbess and confidante of popes and kings, more than seventy years later.
Against this background the author explores Hildegard's vast creative
work, encompassing theology, medicine, natural history, poetry, and music.
This new edition includes: a new preface, additions to the biographical
sections which reveal new discoveries about Hildegard's life, updated
references to the latest critical material on Hildegard's writings, and a
new bibliography and discography.
It is the great virtue of
Sabina Flanagan's cool, scholarly, and reflective biography that it sets
her story so firmly in her own age....A woman of electrifying visionary
power, fascinating, often enigmatic and clearly of great presence, she was
also a woman with a will and prejudices of her own....It is as such,
wrinkles and all, that Sabina Flanagan presents her to us, and we must be
grateful for the historical balance of her picture."
"Sabina Flanagan's biography is a solid introductory
"Flanagan's book would be the one that I would recommend as a first
introduction to Hildegard."
"An excellent biography of an extraordinary medieval visionary...a
fascinating book about a miraculous life."
About the Author
Sabina Flanagan teaches at the University of Melbourne.
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