Hildegard von Bingen was a Christian mystic, author, counselor, naturalist, scientist, philosopher, physician, herbalist, poet, channeller, visionary, composer and polymath.
Hildegard’s date of birth is uncertain. It has been concluded that she may have been born in the year 1098. Hildegard was raised in a family of free nobles. She was her parents’ tenth child, sickly from birth. In her Vita, Hildegard explains that from a very young age she had experienced visions.
Attention in recent decades to women of the medieval Church has led to a great deal of popular interest in Hildegard, particularly her music. Recent scholars have asserted that Hildegard made a close association between music and the female body in her musical compositions. The poetry and music of Hildegard’s Symphonia is concerned with the anatomy of female desire thus described as Sapphonic, or pertaining to Sappho, connecting her to a history of female rhetoricians.
- The Sainthood of Hildegard Von Bingen by a Feminist-friendly Pope? (yvonnebergeron.wordpress.com)