Sister of Wisdom: St. Hildegard's Theology of the Feminine by Barbara Newman

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By Barbara Newman

Barbara Newman reintroduces English-speaking readers to a unprecedented and proficient determine of the twelfth-century renaissance. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was once mystic and author, musician and preacher, abbess and scientist who used symbolic theology to discover the that means of her gender in the divine scheme of things.

With a brand new preface, bibliography, and discography, Sister of Wisdom is a landmark publication in women's experiences, and it'll even be welcomed through readers in faith and history.

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375. 49. A fuller version of this play, the Ordo virtutrim, exists independently of the Scivias and may be related to Hildegard's Symphonia. See "The Text of the Ordo Virtutum," ed. Peter Dronke, in Poetic Individuality i n the Middle Ages (Oxford, 1970): 180-92. There is a performance edition with music edited by Audrey Davidson, The Ordo Virtutum of H~ldegard of Bingen (Kalamazoo, 1985). 50. On this manuscript see Louis Baillet, Les Miniatures d u Scivias de Sainte Hrldegarde (Paris, 1911);Hans Fegers, "Die Bilder im Scivias der Hildegard von Bingen," Das Werk des Kiinsflers 1 (1939): 109-45; and Christel Meier, "Zum Verhaltnis von Text und Illustration im iiberlieferten Werk Hildegards von Bingen," Festschrift 159-69.

And I heard"); like them she expressed her awe and terror before the Presence; like them she used metaphor and 67. Christel Meier, "Zwei Modelle von Allegorie im 12. , Formen lrnd Funktionen der Allegorie (Stuttgart, 1979): 78. 68. D. , University of Wisconsin, 1977): 104. 69. Dronke, Poetic Individuality 157; Peter Dronke, "Problemata Hildegardiana," Mittellateinisches Inhrbuch 16 (1981): 116-17. 70. Cf. Adelgundis Fiihrkotter, introduction to Scivias xviii. 26 Sister of Wisdom parable, attempting when all else failed to express the inexpressible with qualifiers (velut, quasi, forma, imago, sirnilitudo).

Lat. 674 contains 44 letters, of which 12 have been recently edited by Peter Dronke in Women Writers of the Middle Ages (Cambridge, 1984): 256-64. 31. Frederick to Hildegard, Ep. 27, PL 197: 186bc: Notum facimus sanctitati tuae, quoniam ea quae praedixisti nobis, cum Ingelheim manentes, te ad praesentiam nostram venire rogavimus, jam in manibus tenemus. 12 Sister of W i s d o m preached publicly in the cathedral city of Trier. Her third journey, between 1161 and 1163, carried her down the Rhine to Boppard, Andernach, Siegburg, and Werden.

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