Hildegard of Bingen

26 Jun, 2014 780 Music

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss one of the most remarkable figures of the Middle Ages, Hildegard of Bingen. The abbess of a Benedictine convent, Hildegard experienced a series of mystical visions which she documented in her writings. She was an influential person in the religious world and much of her extensive correspondence with popes, monarchs and other important figures survives. Hildegard was also celebrated for her wide-ranging scholarship, which as well as theology covered the natural world, science and medicine. Officially recognised as a saint by the Catholic Church in 2012, Hildegard is also one of the earliest known composers. Since their rediscovery in recent decades her compositions have been widely recorded and performed.

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  • Miri Rubin 12 episodes
    Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History and Head of the School of History at Queen Mary, University of London
  • William Flynn No other episodes
    Lecturer in Medieval Latin at the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds
  • Almut Suerbaum No other episodes
    Professor of Medieval German and Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford

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    Hildegard (trans. Barbara Newman) (Cornell University Press, 1998) Google Books →
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    Hildegard (trans. Anna Silvas) (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999)
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Programme ID: b047c312

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Hello (First sentence from this episode) Hello, if you'd walked into the Abbey of the Monastery Trier in Germany 850 years ago, it's quite possible that this is what you would have heard.