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Selected Writings: Hildegard of Bingen (Penguin Classics) Paperback – November 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0140436044 ISBN-10: 0140436049 Edition: Penguin Classics

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Penguin Classics edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140436049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140436044
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin

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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. Mark Atherton teaches English at Regent's Park College, Oxford.

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Tom Ralis on March 19, 2002
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Hildegard, the "Sybil of the Rhine," was a Benedictine nun and one of the most prolific and original women writers of the Middle Ages. Arranged thematically, this new edition of her work brings together selections from her visionary trilogy, her treatise on medicine and the natural world, and her songs and correspondence. Interwoven with beautiful ease, Atherton manages to write with the exactness of an academic but with clearness of a good storyteller. The translations are illuminating and musical in themselves, and a corner-stone for any Hildegard enthusiast.This unique volume includes a chronology of her life and times, bibliography, select discography, explanatory notes, glossary, and connecting commentary. It shows Hildegard as a wide-ranging thinker who touched on many themes that concern us today, including: the relationship between human beings and the natural world, mutuality between men and women, and the importance of a holistic approach to life. Much can be learned!
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME on July 30, 2002
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As a composer, poet and writer on theological, scientific and medical subjects, Hildegard von Bingen has bequeathed us a rich legacy. She is one of the few female medieval composers whose work is generally known and performed today. My favorite interpretation of her music can be found in four tracks on Meredith Monk's album "Monk and the Abbess" Atherton's book provides selected texts from her visionary Scivias trilogy, her medical writings, songs and letters. Interestingly enough, Hildegard is known today in Europe by followers of holistic and herbal medicine on the one hand, and by lovers of classical and medieval music on the other. She is also admired for her life story and for having been a popular and influential author during a misogynist era. Although she was orthodox in belief and criticized the Gnostic Cathars to my dismay I still admire her spirituality and the feminine expression of it (she saw man & woman as equals) and her understanding of humanity's unity with nature and the universe. Atherton provides explanatory introductions to her writings, and the book has a chronology of her colorful life, a discography of her music, notes, and a glossary.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Funchion on August 13, 2013
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The selections from her writings were well chosen to give a feeling for her images and visions but would have been more useful had some reproductions of her illuminations been included.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Willie on April 28, 2013
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I knew nothing of St. Hildegard and felt that an over all view would serve as a catalyst for further reading. This book is a wonderful introduction to both her mysticism and her incredible dedication to her calling. She is truly a "sainte" for all ages!
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This book contains excerpts of Hildegard of Bingen's various writings including her letters to important people of her time. It gave me a picture of her mystical, musical life which included running a monastery and her visions which prompted her to write about natural medicine and herbs. I enjoyed the fact that the book was a sampler of all these arts which made me want to read her writings and listen to her music.
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