Hildegard of Bingen

Philosopher, Composer

1098 – 1179

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Who was Hildegard of Bingen?

Saint Hildegard of Bingen, O.S.B., also known as Saint Hildegard, and Sibyl of the Rhine, was a German writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath. Elected a magistra by her fellow nuns in 1136, she founded the monasteries of Rupertsberg in 1150 and Eibingen in 1165. One of her works as a composer, the Ordo Virtutum, is an early example of liturgical drama and arguably the oldest surviving morality play.

She wrote theological, botanical and medicinal texts, as well as letters, liturgical songs, and poems, while supervising miniature illuminations in the Rupertsberg manuscript of her first work, Scivias.

Although the history of her formal recognition as a saint is complicated, she has been recognized as a saint by parts of the Roman Catholic Church for centuries. On 7 October 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named her a Doctor of the Church.

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Sep 16, 1098
Bermersheim vor der Höhe
Also known as
  • Hildegard af Bingen
  • Hildegard von Bingen
  • Hildegard Van Bingen
  • Hildegard of Bingen : A feather on the breath of God
  • Hildegard von Binden
  • Hildegard von Bingen: The Fire of the Spirit
  • Sibyl of the Rhine
  • Saint Hildegard
  • Von Bingen, Hildegard
  • Bingen, von, Hildegard
  • Catholicism
  • Germany
Sep 17, 1179
Bingen am Rhein

on July 23, 2013


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