Only two other women come close to rivaling her fame during this period: Eleanor of Aquitaine was also a contemporary.
Biography[ edit ] Hildegard was born around the yearalthough the exact date is uncertain. Her parents were Mechtild of Merxheim-Nahet and Hildebert of Bermersheim, a family of the free lower nobility in the service of the Count Meginhard of Sponheim.
Some scholars speculate that Hildegard was placed in the care of Jutta at the age of eight, and the two women were then enclosed together six years later.
Jutta was also a visionary and thus attracted many followers who came to visit her at the cloister. Hildegard tells us that Jutta taught her to read and write, but that she was unlearned and therefore incapable of teaching Hildegard sound biblical interpretation.
Volmara frequent visitor, may have taught Hildegard simple psalm notation. The time she studied music could have been the beginning of the compositions Hildegard of bingen would later create.
Hildegard, however, wanted more independence for herself and her nuns, and asked Abbot Kuno to allow them to move to Rupertsberg. It was only when the Abbot himself could not move Hildegard that he decided to grant the nuns their own monastery. In Hildegard founded a second monastery for her nuns at Eibingen.
A man buried in Rupertsburg had died after excommunication from the Church. Therefore, the clergy wanted to remove his body from the sacred ground. Hildegard did not accept this idea, replying that it was a sin and that the man had been reconciled to the church at the time of his death.
Hildegard explained that she saw all things in the light of God through the five senses: The illustrations recorded in the book of Scivias were visions that Hildegard experienced, causing her great suffering and tribulations. But I, though I saw and heard these things, refused to write for a long time through doubt and bad opinion and the diversity of human words, not with stubbornness but in the exercise of humility, until, laid low by the scourge of God, I fell upon a bed of sickness; then, compelled at last by many illnesses, and by the witness of a certain noble maiden of good conduct [the nun Richardis von Stade] and of that man whom I had secretly sought and found, as mentioned above, I set my hand to the writing.
While I was doing it, I sensed, as I mentioned before, the deep profundity of scriptural exposition; and, raising myself from illness by the strength I received, I brought this work to a close — though just barely — in ten years.
And I spoke and wrote these things not by the invention of my heart or that of any other person, but as by the secret mysteries of God I heard and received them in the heavenly places.
It was from this that she received Papal approval to document her visions as revelations from the Holy Spirit giving her instant credence.
On 17 Septemberwhen Hildegard died, her sisters claimed they saw two streams of light appear in the skies and cross over the room where she was dying.
Guibert of Gembloux was invited to finish the work; however, he had to return to his monastery with the project unfinished. Works[ edit ] Scivias I. The Choirs of Angels.
From the Rupertsberg manuscriptfol. At the end of her life, and probably under her initial guidance, all of her works were edited and gathered into the single Riesenkodex manuscript.
In these volumes, the last of which was completed when she was well into her seventies, Hildegard first describes each vision, whose details are often strange and enigmatic, and then interprets their theological contents in the words of the "voice of the Living Light.
Illustration to Scivias II. Perceiving a divine command to "write down what you see and hear",  Hildegard began to record her visionary experiences.
Scivias is structured into three parts of unequal length. The second part seven visions describes the order of redemption: Finally, the third part thirteen visions recapitulates the history of salvation told in the first two parts, symbolized as a building adorned with various allegorical figures and virtues.
Portions of the uncompleted work were read aloud to Pope Eugenius III at the Synod of Trier inafter which he sent Hildegard a letter with his blessing.
Each vice, although ultimately depicted as ugly and grotesque, nevertheless offers alluring, seductive speeches that attempt to entice the unwary soul into their clutches.
Standing in our defense, however, are the sober voices of the Virtues, powerfully confronting every vicious deception. Lucca, MSearly 13th-century copy. As she described it in an autobiographical passage included in her Vita, sometime in aboutshe received "an extraordinary mystical vision" in which was revealed the "sprinkling drops of sweet rain" that John the Evangelist experienced when he wrote, "In the beginning was the Word Hildegard perceived that this Word was the key to the "Work of God", of which humankind is the pinnacle.Introduction Hildegard of Bingen () was a remarkable woman, a "first" in many fields.
At a time when few women wrote, Hildegard, known as "Sybil of the Rhine", produced major works of theology and visionary writings. Hildegard protested bitterly when the local bishop forbade the celebration of or reception of the Eucharist at the Bingen monastery, a sanction that was lifted only a few months before her death.
In , Hildegard was canonized and named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI. Sep 10, · Category People & Blogs; Song O vis aeternitatis; Artist Sequentia; Licensed to YouTube by SME (on behalf of RCA Red Seal); UBEM, Public Domain Compositions, and 4 .
When other women joined Jutta and Hildegard, they formed a Benedictine convent, and when Jutta died in , Hildegard became abbess and later moved the community near Bingen, by the Rhine river.
When a woman is making love with a man, a sense of heat in her brain, which brings forth with it sensual delight, communicates the taste of that delight during the act and summons forth the emission of the man's seed.
For Hildegard of Bingen, music was a special gift from God to support the salvation of man. And Ordo Virtutum emphasizes the importance of music in communicating spiritual subtext. The Book of Life’s Merits.