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Hildegard of Bingen

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Short Biography about the life of Hildegard of Bingen
The following biography, short history and interesting facts provide helpful information for history courses and history coursework about the life and history of Hildegard of Bingen a famous Medieval artist and her contribution to Medieval art:

  • Country of Origin / Nationality: German

  • Also Known as: The Sibyl of the Rhine and Prophetissa Teutonica

  • Lifetime: 1098 - 1179

  • Time Reference: Lived during the reigns of the English Kings: William Rufus, King Henry I, Stephen and Henry II

  • Born: She was born at Rheinhesse in Germany in 1098

  • Family connections : She was the tenth child of Hildebert and Mechthild von Bermersheim, minor nobility of the Holy Roman Empire. Hildegarde of Bingen was was dedicated at birth to the church

  • Childhood, early life and education: At age of 8 her aristocratic family sent Hildegarde to be educated by an anchoress named Jutta von Spanheimat a Monastery in Disibodenberg near Rheinhesse

  • Occupation and Career: Hildegard of Bingen took the veil and made her nun's vows at the age of 15. A convent was built next to the Monastery and Hildegarde became the Abbess. She then founded a convent at Bingen

  • The visions of Hildegarde of Bingen:  Hildegarde suffered from terrible migraines which many believed led to her visions. She confided the visions only in Jutta and in a monk named Volmar. The visions clarified the meaning of major Biblical and religious texts. She documented them in the Scivias.

  • Died: Hildegard of Bingen died in 1179 at the age of 82 years of age

  • Accomplishments and Achievements or why Hildegard of Bingen was famous: Hildegard produced major works of theology and visionary writings - the Scivias. Hildegard of Bingen was also believed to have been the illustrator of the Scivias and therefore one of the few identifiable women artists of the Middle Ages. She was also famous for writing sacred music and also wrote about natural history and medicine. Hildegard of Bingen wrote the Liber simplicis medicinae (Simple Book of Medicine) in 1160.

  • She is famous for writing and composing the music for a medieval morality play called the Ordo Virtutum.

  • Hildegard was so well respected that she was consulted by and advised bishops, popes and kings.

  • These accomplishments gave Hildegard of Bergen the name of the 'Sibyl of the Rhine'

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