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"Flanagan, a leading Hildegard scholar, has selected and translated a range of material, which makes the work of the twelfth-century visionary accessible to a popular audience. Selections are long enough to introduce readers to Hildegard's style and the structure of her arguments with out causing them (in the words of a commentator writing a generation after her death) to shrink from and avoid reading the books of Hildegard because of her difficult syle. Flanagan has preserved the style in her translation, but readers who do not shrink from it will find it rewarding; what some commentators have found difficult and unusual, many readers have found creative and insightful. Both style and content have contributed to Hildegard's growing popularity more than eight centuries after her death. This collection includes mystical writings, writings in natural history and medicine, correspondence, narrative, and poetry, as well as a brief biography, a bibliography, and a discography for readers who wish to pursue Hildegard's work further."—Steve Schroeder, Booklist

"At last it is possible for the ordinary reader to get some idea of the energy and creativity of the great Hildegard's mind. These translations of her spiritual and medical writing, her poetry and letters, are a remarkable contribution to the study of early women writers."—Monica Furlong, author of Merton: A Biography and Visions and Longings: Medieval Women Mystics

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin
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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1st edition (July 9, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570621640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570621642
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) is one of the most remarkable figures of a remarkable age. She saw and interpreted visions of cosmic power and significance, yet took an active interest in nature, medicine, the arts, and the major political events of her day. Half of the book is excepts from Hildegard's three books of visions. Full-page color plates illustrate four of the visions. There are also selections from her writings on plants, animals, stones and metals, and on medicine. There are 22 pages of the words to songs. Hildegard wrote two lives of local saints, and both are sampled here. Fifteen of Hildegard's letters are given. Brief, informative headnotes introduce each section. A bibliography (up to date in 1996) and a discography of recodings of Hildegard's music complete this book. Flanagan's translations read well. Judging from the songs, the only part where I have the Latin original, they are faithful and not excessively interpretive. This book or Flangan's biography of Hildegard are certainly good places to begin a study of this extraordinary human being.
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This is a special book to me and has a deep personal meaning. The price was great and it appears that it was sign by the author.
The content is of a real true story and history and a life that was special to GOD. Great story.
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I purchased this book as a gift because my mother was very touched by the life of Hildegard. Though I did not read the book "cover to cover" the selections I read through provide some deep insight into the live of a devoted and faithful woman living in an age way before her time.
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I love the book Secrets of God: Writings of Hildegard O Bingen. I planned to order more books about this wonderful saint. Amazon prices are reasonable.
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