Hildegard Von Bingen: Healing and the Nature of Cosmos

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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. She was praised for her natural gifts, her prophetic charisma, and her dynamic reforming disposition. The abbess Hildegard of Bingen 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558761377
  • Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

I Introduction 1
II Life and Work 7
1 The Formative Years and Adolescence 9
2 The Written Work 13
3 Musical and Artistic Works 17
4 The Prophetic Mission 21
5 The Final Years 25
III The World and Humanity 31
1 The Spiritual Setting 33
2 Humanity in the Cosmos 38
3 The Nature of the Body 43
4 The Human Being as Male and Female 49
5 Working upon Nature 54
IV Natural History and the Healing Arts 61
1 The Workings of Nature 65
2 The Basis and Nature of Disease 68
3 The Means of Healing as the Means to Salvation 71
4 The Healing Arts as a Guide to the Art of Living 75
5 The Way of Nature and the Conduct of Life 79
V Healing and Salvation 87
1 The Ways of Creation 89
2 Humankind as Responsible Creature 92
3 Orienting Humanity in the World 97
4 The Completion of the World 103
5 The End of Time 106
VI Looking Ahead 111
Bibliography 115
Index 121
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