A Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen

Book - 2012
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A tale inspired by the life of the twelfth-century abbess, composer, and prophet depicts a young girl who upon being given to the Church rejects the order's masochistic piety and finds grace in studying books, growing herbs, and rejoicing in divine visions.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
Description: xiv, 274 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780547567846
Branch Call Number: Shar
Additional Contributors: Sharratt, Mary, 1964- Illuminations


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Jan 03, 2018

Great book! I highly recommend it. Thoroughly engrossing, great attention to historical detail. I felt like I was there with her throughout her life, especially her early childhood years. This was uplifting -- mostly because St. Hildegard's was a loving and creative and very brave person, but also because the author Mary Sharratt brought her story to life with love and affection.

Feb 21, 2017

This is a brilliant book about a largely unknown woman, Hildegarde of Bingen. She was in fact a formative mystic and author in 12th century Germany, and has been canonized. This book, written in the 1st person, tells her story starting as an 8-year-old, promised by her mother to be the companion to a 14-year-old girl who wishes to be an anchorite. Hildegarde spends 30 years bricked into a small space, first with one woman who rapidly descends into madness, and later with two young girls who are also confined by their aunt as anchoresses. Her break for freedom and her later life are equally enthralling. Mary Sharratt has written a real page-turner, although perhaps you wouldn't think so considering the subject matter, however, I thoroughly recommend this book.

Jul 13, 2016

This is the story of a true spiritual woman way ahead of her time. I will most likely pick up other books by this author. There were a few rough parts for me, such as the first few years in seclusion when she was a young child, but I still enjoyed this book. It reads as a full story, from childhood to her death, and by the end you really feel like you know Hildegard since "she" is telling the story.

Jul 15, 2015

Excellent book. Well-written and simply a good story. Gives an insight into the life and thoughts of a strong-willed, intelligent woman who was constricted by the times she lived in but lived the life she aspired to in spite of this.

Nov 23, 2014

Brilliant. What a great story made more astounding to think it was based on a real life experience. Her experience of basically be bricked away is harrowing. To think women had to live that way for their entire lives!

Sep 06, 2013

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