A wonderful book which I will read again and again.I knew little about Hildegarde von Bingen although I had read a few writings. How modern she was and wise and most of all resilient.
Hildegarde was just a fun loving little
girl when she was given to the church, not only as an ordinary nun but as a
companion to a self professed anchorite. She was bricked into a very small 2
rooms for 38 years with no options or recourse.Her strong personality kept her
sane, as did her through-the-screen relationship with Volmar a young boy
Her life began when Jutta von Sponheim, the Anchorite dies from her
ascetic lifestyle and self imposed hardships. Hildegarde's biographer Guibert of
Gembloux tells it that she was 8 years old when she and 14 year old Jutta are
bricked into the annex to the Disibodenberg Abbey; Jutta's biographer,
Hildegarde's life ling friend Volmar says they were 14 and 20 and had spent some
years together at the Sponheim Castle.
The fact remains that her mother
gave her to the church because her visions were disturbing and her health was
not robust.In Scivias, her first book she strongly denounced offering child
oblates to monastic life;her mother never contacted her but reportedly regretted
her action for the remainder of her life, sent her her only valuable possession
upon her death and spoke her last words about Hildgarde.
thought provoking and extraordinarily well written. I will begin to read Mary
Sharratt's other books.I am so grateful that I purchased this as a daily special