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The Personal Correspondence of Hildegard of Bingen
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The Personal Correspondence of Hildegard of Bingen

Joseph L. Baird

Abstract

Hildegard of Bingen was one of the most notable women of the 12th century, as even a cursory glance at the recipients of her correspondence will suggest. The present volume concentrates on her personal life as viewed through the defining lens of her personal letters: her early bid for recognition of her spiritual gifts with her hesitant letter to the powerful and renowned Bernard of Clairvaux; her courageous, and ultimately futile, fight to keep her beloved confidante and friend, Richardis von Stade, by her side and the poignant outcome of that struggle; her vehement defiance of the male hiera ... More

Keywords: twelfth century, Bernard of Clairvaux, Richardis von Stade, Benedictine Order, music, excommunication, medieval

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195308228
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195308220.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph L. Baird, editor
Kent State University (Emeritus)

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