Hildegard of Bingen and Adoption

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Illumination from the Liber Scivias showing Hildegard receiving a vision and dictating to her scribe and secretary



Hildegard was a religious visionary from early childhood and was an oblate, sent by her noble parents when she was eight to a convent to be raised (she was their tenth child, and considered a tithe to the Church). Her mentor was the Blessed Jutta of Disibodenberg, a recluse.

In 1136 she became abbess of the convent which had grown up around Jutta. She corresponded with and influenced many important people, including the Emperor Frederick Barbarosa, kings, bishops and popes. She was known as a miracle-worker and also wrote a number of important religious and scientific books. Several records have been made recently of her music, including one that made it into the hit charts.


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