Hildegard: A Saint Eight Centuries in the Making By Mary Sharratt

hildegardI just read this wonderful post  by Mary Sharratt about the visionary abbess Hildegard von Bingen published about a month ago on the Feminism and Religion blog site. It begins like this –

The visionary abbess Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) has long been regarded as a saint, with her feast day of September 17, yet she was only officially canonized in May 2012. Why did it take the Vatican over eight centuries to canonize this great polymath, composer, and theologian?

The first attempt to canonize Hildegard began in 1233, but failed as over fifty years had passed since her death and most of the witnesses and beneficiaries of her reported miracles were deceased. Her theological writings were deemed too dense and difficult for subsequent generations to understand and soon fell into obscurity, as did her music. According to Barbara Newman, Hildegard was remembered mainly as an apocalyptic prophet. But in the age of Enlightenment, prophets and mystics went out of fashion. Hildegard was dismissed as a hysteric. Even the authorship of her own work was disputed as pundits began to suggest her books had been written by a man.

Click here to read the rest of the post and to hear a transcendent recording of Hildegard’s music.

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2 responses to “Hildegard: A Saint Eight Centuries in the Making By Mary Sharratt

  1. I nominated you for a Lovely Blog Award. You can check out the nomination at the end of this post

    https://aquileana.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/greek-mythology-the-moirae-the-three-fates/

    Thank you and best wishes to you, Aquileana 😀

  2. Thanks Aquileana, I’ll carry it on in the next couple of days.

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