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Scarlet Music: A Life of Hildegard Von Bingen (Crossroad Fiction Program) Paperback – April 1, 1997


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  • Series: Crossroad Fiction Program
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: The Crossroad Publishing Company (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082451646X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824516468
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,540,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book really does make Hildegard come to life, by presenting her in the context of her times and her beliefs. But there are lots of weird little historical mistakes that suddenly snap the reader out of 12th century Germany, making it hard to stay with the story line. For example: A monk says he thinks the nuns should just stick with their rosaries--but rosaries didn't exist then. The margravine is desribed as wearing a dress with lace at the sleeves, but lacemaking was still several centuries in the future. Bernard of Clairvaux is described as having a beard, but monks were clean-shaven--it was the friars of the next century that wore beards. And several characters supposedly wear velvet, but it hadn't been invented yet. I really wish the author had taken the time to research a little better, since Hildegard was (and is) such an appealing character. Historical novels that aren't true to their period are as annoying to read as stories with geographical or technological errors. Putting the archbishop in velvet is like putting Rome in France or giving President Lincoln a telephone--kinda makes it hard to believe the story after that.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 1, 2000
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Having read several of the more scholarly treatises on Abbess Hildegard of Bingen, I'm finding it a breath of fresh air to experience her as a living being. The book is beautifully written and is not afraid to present Hildegard as all too human, dealing with the concerns and fears that must have accompanied her extraordinary visionary gifts. Although Hildegard would never have called herself a "feminist", since she embraced the precepts and beliefs of Catholicism, including the superiority of an all-powerful male God, she held women in high regard and challenged many of the assumptions of that time about women the value of women in the eyes of God. It is difficult to imagine that the Catholic church never officially granted sainthood to Hildegard; however, she is considered a saint in Germany - and I agree!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sister M. Fest on October 15, 2013
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The book is great. while it is a novel, it pretty c;osely follows the biographical accounts of Hildegard's life. I am fascinated by all aspects of her life: musician, writer, mystic, leader of her Community, herbalist, healer. the book portrays a very human and gifted woman who was always able to do what she had to do. .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clare Blackerby on July 7, 2013
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I ordered this book because I wanted to learn more about Hildegard without delving right off the bat into some of the heavier writings. This was just the thing. Accessible, but now I feel ready to look into deeper reflection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie A. Lawton on July 6, 2013
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An outstanding glimpse into the heart and mind of a great woman and saint. She can be compared to Francis of Assisi. Also a window of the workings of the political and ecclesiastical entanglements of the Crusade period.
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