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This specially commissioned collection of thirteen essays explores the life and works of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), monastic founder, leader of a community of nuns, composer, active correspondent, and writer of religious visions, theological treatises, sermons, and scientific and medical texts. Aimed at advanced university students and new Hildegard researchers, the essays provide a broad context for Hildegard's life and monastic setting, and offer comprehensive discussions on each of the main areas of her output. Engagingly written by experts in medieval history, theology, German literature, musicology, and the history of medicine, the essays are grounded in Hildegard's twelfth-century context, and investigate her output within its monastic and liturgical environments, her reputation during and after her life, and the materiality of the transmission of her works, considering aspects of manuscript layout, illumination, and scribal practices at her Rupertsberg monastery.


‘Cambridge Press has added Hildegard of Bingen to its prestigious collection of Cambridge Companion editions of essays. As the title promises, this is a valuable companion for anyone studying the far-ranging works of this medieval genius. … Covering so many dimensions of the life and work of Hildegard, this book is definitely a worthy companion for anyone wanting to journey into Hildegard’s world.’

Judith Sutera Source: OSB, Magistra

‘… this book would be an excellent resource for graduate students and scholars who want to go beyond the classical studies of Hildegard at an affordable price. In particular, this compilation’s rich bibliography and further reading, including internet resources, will be greatly helpful to students and researchers who want to try different methods to research Hildegard of Bingen or any female saints in medieval Europe.’

Minji Lee Source: Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures

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