Hildegard of Bingen: Healing and the Nature of the Cosmos

Hildegard of Bingen’s contemporaries called her “prophetissa teutonica,” honoring her philosophical writings and interpretation of the cosmos. Medievalists still consider her one of the leading mystics, and point to her active spiritual and artistic life in the twelfth century as the finest example of what a woman can achieve. An abbess, Hildegard was the first composer to sign her musical works. As a playwright and author, she witnessed and shaped the time of the Crusades, the literary minnesang, and political and theological debate. The author draws a complex picture of her life and work, as he “translates” Hildegard’s ideas and her mysterious world of symbols from medieval Latin into contemporary concepts.

900 years after her birth, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) is once again a cult figure, with CDs and T-shirts celebrating her popularity. This edition is translated from German by John A. Broadwin.

Heinrich Schipperges (University of Heidelberg) is an internationally acclaimed expert on the history of medicine and has written several books on Hildegard of Bingen.