I adore Hildegard of Bingen.
Hildegard of Bingen stands out as a visionary and strong intellectual power of the Middle Ages. She was a writer of letters to people of all rank and standing and of books on subjects ranging from theology to medicine, natural history, poetry and cosmology. She was also a composer, both of words and music. What really makes Hildegard extraordinary is she did this at a time when women rarely did these things.
She was born in the summer 1098 to a German noble family of the Rhineland town of Bermersheim, near Mainz into a large family. We know the first names of her parents were Hildebert and Mechthild. Her father was a soldier in the service of Meginhard, Count of Spanheim and her mother was well born. Hildegard was a weak and sickly child. In her later writings, she mentions she began having visions at the age…
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