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Hildegard of Bingen: A Visionary Life 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0415185516
ISBN-10: 0415185513
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Hildegard was a unique and remarkable woman of the 12th century who began the austere life of a religious at the age of eight. In light of the fact that she surmounted the typical restraints and low esteem in which women were held in the Middle Ages, her accomplishments were prodigious. That she wrote at all was exceptional. Her interests were both mystical and intellectual, including natural history, medicine, and science. Her musical works are performed even today. She is best known, though, for three lengthy theological works--discussed in some detail here--that came about from her visionary experiences. Just as Hildegard "sought to understand the world in all its aspects, natural, human and divine," this biography approaches her life from a scholarly viewpoint, seeking to interpret her visionary knowledge from a modern perspective. It is the first major work to do so.
- Carol J. Lichtenberg, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman
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"Sabina Flanagan's biography is a solid introductory account...."
-"Village Voice
"Flanagan's book would be the one that I would recommend as a first introduction to Hildegard."
-"Commonweal
"An excellent biography of an extraordinary medieval visionary...a fascinating book about a miraculous life."
-"Kirkus
"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."
-"New York Review of Books
"Sabina Flanagan's biography is a solid introductory account."
-"Voice Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (May 16, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415185513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415185516
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sabina Flanagan's book provides a clear, coherent, and interesting account of Hildegard's life, without veering toward excessive speculation or sensationalism - always a temptation when dealing with topics like "vision" or "prophecy" or "faith healing." The book opens with a biographical overview of Hildegard's life, and of the context in which she lived. Succeeding chapters deal with the various dimensions of Hildegard's ministry. For the most part, the material is well-chosen; my only complaint would be the amount of attention given to her role as "healer." This chapter of the book has a certain arcane interest insofar as it reflects the culture and beliefs of the Middle Ages, but it is not an edifying or relevant discourse. For the most part, it is a somewhat belabored description of Hildegard's very non-scientific advice for healing various disorders. This was decidedly not her major contribution to human history. Other chapters deal with more significant and/or inspiring topics: Hildegard's role as administrator and pastoral theologian of sorts; her considerable contributions to the field of music; her writings and preaching; and her role as spiritual counselor.
The book takes a bit of a downturn in the final chapter, when the author, albeit somewhat cautiously, hazards an interpretation of Hildegard's visionary experiences as being rooted in migraine headaches. Granted, the author admits that it is a major step from visionary to prophet, and that Hildegard's status as prophet cannot be reduced to neuro-physiological phenomena. Nevertheless, the thesis is forced, and highly speculative, since there is no objective evidence to indicate that Hildegard even suffered from migraines, much less that she confused them with divinely inspired visions.
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In the preface the author explains that her intention is "to provide a comprehensive introduction to Hildegard, in the light of current scholarship, from which readers may be inspired to read, or even to produce, more specialized studies." This sets the tone for the rest of the book. Sabina Flanagan has herself produced more specialized studies of Hildegard. She even wrote a PhD thesis on some aspects of Hildegard's prophetic persona. This transpires in the book and turns it into a small scale academic study that fortunately remains accessible to a larger public. This little book should appeal to anyone looking for an objective evaluation of Hidegard's life through her writings. The end result is a rather cerebral analysis that starts with a brief summary of Hidegard's life, quickly followed by the main body of the work which offers a general appreciation of Hildegard's various writings. If you are interested in the exploration of the mystical aspect of Hildegard's life you won't find anything about it here. Flanagan coldly sticks to the facts and texts, and offers an exceedingly rational exploration of various aspects of Hildegard's visions as the abbess recounted them in her encyclopedic writings. She analyses one by one the various themes that were developed in the numerous books that Hildegard wrote after she started to receive her famous celestial messages, and she complements her survey with a few samples from Hildegard's correspondence.

While reading this lifeless biography I had the persistent impression that it had not been written from the heart, as would be appropriate, or even expected, for a subject like Hildegard von Bingen.
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Hildegard certainly was a fascinating person, and this is a very informative book about her life and works. The book is written in a scholarly manner, and is very clear and readable. The author speculates a bit on why Hildegard was as she was, but never in an unreasonable way, and the argumentation is never gets absurd.
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This is a very insightful book written from the perspective of a historian. Each chapter breaks down Hildegard's legacy in several given areas: her music, writings, medicinal and healing abilities, art, etc. This book is very useful as a well thought out introduction to the life of this intriguing saint.
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This book was well written and readable. I have 2 problems: not enough information was given about life in convents at that time, and the author assumes the reader knows as much as she does about her subject. Both of these are probably due to the author's enthusiasm and depth of knowledge about her subject. But I need the Intro to Hildegard, not the advanced version.
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