Hildegard of Bingen is as famous for her creative pursuits as she is for the religious orders she founded. She was an inexhaustible musical composer, with one of the largest collections of musical compositions of any medieval composer, male or female. She is also famous for both her theological and scientific writing, plus she was a prolific letter writer. She preached, something highly unusual for a woman in this time period and an indication that she must have had a gift for it. Her story bears similarities to the lives of other famous medieval abbesses like Julian of Norwich.
This message is an excerpt from “Praying with medieval mystics” by Kristin Berkey-Abbott in the November 2018 issue of Gather magazine. Today we remember Hildegard, abbes of Bingen, who died in 1179.
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