The Book of the Rewards of Life: Liber Vitae Meritorum

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Hildegard of Bingen, the first German mystic, is one of the most influential women in European history. Born in 1098 in Bockelheim on the Nahe River, Hildegard had her first vision at the age of six, a phenomenon she would continue to experience the rest of her life. At the behest of the archbishop of Mainz, Hildegard set upon recording her visions in writing. Her writings soon propelled her from Benedictine abbess to celebrity as determined reformer, castigating seer, theoretical musician, patient adviser, and ...

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Overview

Hildegard of Bingen, the first German mystic, is one of the most influential women in European history. Born in 1098 in Bockelheim on the Nahe River, Hildegard had her first vision at the age of six, a phenomenon she would continue to experience the rest of her life. At the behest of the archbishop of Mainz, Hildegard set upon recording her visions in writing. Her writings soon propelled her from Benedictine abbess to celebrity as determined reformer, castigating seer, theoretical musician, patient adviser, and exorcist. A woman of extraordinarily energetic and independent mind, Hildegard wrote profusely throughout her life as a prophet, a poet, a musical composer, a dramatist, a physician, and a political moralist. Indeed, her musical compositions have reached new heights in popularity, highlighting the revival of Gregorian chant currently sweeping the United States. Hildegard communicated with popes and princes, with people of both influence and humble status, always standing above the corruption, misery, and ruin—both spiritual and temporal—of the twelfth century.
The second of Hildegard's three books of visions, The Book of the Rewards of Life (Liber Vitae Meritorum) is a study of the human weaknesses that separates us from God. Written with remarkable visual clarity, it stands as one the most subtle and fascinating works ever written on the relationship of various sins to their corresponding virtues. Divided into six parts, this compelling work focuses on our moral flaws, seemingly inherent in human consciousness, and the role of repentance and the virtues in re-establishing our union with God. The first and only complete English translation of this important medieval work, The Book of the Rewards of Life is indeed a handbook of life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195113716
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/27/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 806,758
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.31 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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About the Translator:
Bruce W. Hozeski is Professor of English at Ball State University. Largely responsible for the establishment of Hildegard studies in the United State beginning in the 1960s, he is the founder of the International Society of Hildegard von Bingen Studies.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
First Pt Concerning the Man Looking to the East and to the South 1
Second Pt Concerning the Man Looking to the West and to the North 67
Third Pt Concerning the Man Looking to the North and to the East 119
Fourth Pt Concerning the Man Looking to the South and to the West 171
Fifth Pt Concerning the Man Looking over the Whole Earth 215
Sixth Pt Concerning the Man Moving Himself with the Four Zones of the Earth 261
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