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Secrets of God: Writings of Hildegard of Bingen (New)

by Flanagan, Sabina

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

Binding: Paperback

Book ID: 9781570621642, 1570621640


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Visionary, mystic, poet, musician, naturalist, healer, theologian-the Rhineland nun Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was a Renaissance woman long before there was a Renaissance. This is the first book in English to offer a representative selection of writings from all of her amazing range of work.

Hildegard wrote many volumes on subjects from mystical vision to sexuality, from theology to natural medicine--in letters, treatises, poetry, and songs--all in an age when few women wrote more than an occasional letter. She was a woman of extraordinary influence whose work not only surpassed that of her male contemporaries in its range, but also outshone them in visionary beauty and intellectual power. This collection includes a brief biography of Hildegard, and selections from the following works:

  • "Scivias" (literally, "know the ways"), the record of Hildegard's visions and her commentary on them
  • "The Book of Life's Merits, " visionary work
  • "The Book of Divine Works, " a work of cosmology and anthropology
  • "Natural History, " a record of plants, animals, and minerals, translated here into English for the first time
  • "Causes and Cures, " a compendium of her writing on natural medicine
  • "Symphonia, " her songs and poetry
  • Biographical works
  • Selected letters

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