Hildegard of Bingen: A Spiritual Reader: A Reader

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Paraclete Press, Mar 1, 2007 - Religion - 183 pages
“Humanity, take a good look at yourself. Inside, you’ve got heaven and earth, and all of creation. You’re a world – everything is hidden in you.” –Hildegard of Bingen
She was a Benedictine abbess, artist, composer, dietician, naturalist, poet, travelling preacher, mystic, and political consultant. She was a self-doubter with acute certainty in a merciful and mysterious God; a gifted healer who suffered from illness her whole life. Meet the incomparable Hildegard of Bingen. Nourishing, challenging, and idea-bursting, her writings will stir and awaken your soul.
This essential reader captures the vibrant spirit and intelligence of Hildegard with selections from her songs, theological texts, liturgical music, and letters. Combined with an introduction to Hildegard’s life and era, a map of Hildegard’s Germany, chronology, and a thorough bibliography/discography, Hildegard of Bingen provides the ideal introduction to the thought of this fascinating medieval mystic.


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About the author (2007)

Carmen Acevedo Butcher is an author, poet, and teacher. A translator of Early Modern French, German, Latin, Middle English, and Old English, she has made accessible works by writers including Ælfric, The Cloud's Anonymous, Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, and Mechthild of Magdeburg. Carmen teaches in the College Writing Programs at UC Berkeley. At present, Carmen is based in the Bay Area, where she is often found among the snowy egrets in the marsh. Visit her on the Web at www.carmenbutcher.com.

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