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The letters of Hildegard of Bingen. Vol. I [electronic resource] /
edited by Joseph L. Baird, Radd K. Ehrman.
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New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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244p. ; 23cm.
ISBN
0195121171 (Paper)
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New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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0195121171 (Paper)
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Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 16, 2007).
language note
Translated from the Latin.
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7371277
 
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Joseph L. Baird is Professor Ementus of Medieval Studies, and Radd K. Ehrman is Associate Professor of Classics, both at Kent State University
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1995-09:
Abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), 12th-century renaissance woman--visionary theologian, environmental mystic, medical writer, composer, poet, and dramatist--has been well described by Joan Ferrante as the Ann Landers of her day. The first of four projected volumes of her rich and abundant correspondence, this book is based on the authoritative critical text of Lieven Van Acker, in the impressive "Corpus Christianorum Continuato Medievalis" series. The translators graciously acknowledge the generous assistance of Barbara Newman, author of the splendid pioneer study Sister of Wisdom (CH, Mar'88). This first volume's 90 letters, clear and soberly close to the complex Latin originals, follow Van Acker's hierarchical ordering. They include correspondence from important crises in her eventful life--from her early visions, through her grief at the departure of her favorite young nun Richardis van Stade to be Abbess of Bassu, to the final conflict of her life, when Hildegard and her nuns were placed under interdict by the clergy of Mainz for burying in their cemetery a young man who allegedly died while excommunicated. Every library supporting a women's studies program should have this useful and seminal volume. The translation is a fine example of meticulous and exemplary editorial scholarship. The 26-page introduction is richly informative on the medieval letter genre. Good, short explanatory notes; concise bibliography; endnotes with excerpts from the original Latin; general index, especially helpful to researchers. General; undergraduate through professional. H. J. John; Trinity College (DC)
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"Baird and Ehrman's translation is at once accurate and smooth, rendering Hildegard's Latin in an English style as idiomatic as her quirky language permits....This is an excellent starting point for readers who want to sample the writings of this great monastic in small doses before dippinginto her formidable visionary tomes."--Reviews for Religious
"Baird and Ehrman's translation is at once accurate and smooth, renderingHildegard's Latin in an English style as idiomatic as her quirky languagepermits....This is an excellent starting point for readers who want to samplethe writings of this great monastic in small doses before dipping into herformidable visionary tomes."--Reviews for Religious
"Every library supporting a women's studies program should have this useful and seminal volume."--Choice
"Every library supporting a women's studies program should have thisuseful and seminal volume."--Choice
"Every library supporting a women's studies program should have this useful and seminal volume."--Choice "I think this is the translation of Hildegard's letters that medievalists have been waiting for. It is based on a reliable edition, movingly and accurately translated, and will be useful to many scholars."--Elizabeth A. Petroff, University of Massachusetts, Amherst "Baird and Ehrman's translation is at once accurate and smooth, rendering Hildegard's Latin in an English style as idiomatic as her quirky language permits....This is an excellent starting point for readers who want to sample the writings of this great monastic in small doses before dipping into her formidable visionary tomes."--Reviews for Religious "This first volume...makes available for the first time in English 90 letters to and from both the upper echelon of church and state and lesser ecclesiastical figures." --Theological Studies
"Every library supporting a women's studies program should have this useful and seminal volume."-- Choice "I think this is the translation of Hildegard's letters that medievalists have been waiting for. It is based on a reliable edition, movingly and accurately translated, and will be useful to many scholars."--Elizabeth A. Petroff, University of Massachusetts, Amherst "Baird and Ehrman's translation is at once accurate and smooth, rendering Hildegard's Latin in an English style as idiomatic as her quirky language permits....This is an excellent starting point for readers who want to sample the writings of this great monastic in small doses before dipping into her formidable visionary tomes."-- Reviews for Religious "This first volume...makes available for the first time in English 90 letters to and from both the upper echelon of church and state and lesser ecclesiastical figures." -- Theological Studies
"Every library supporting a women's studies program should have this useful and seminal volume."--Choice "I think this is the translation of Hildegard's letters that medievalists have been waiting for. It is based on a reliable edition, movingly and accurately translated, and will be useful to many scholars."--Elizabeth A. Petroff,University of Massachusetts, Amherst "Baird and Ehrman's translation is at once accurate and smooth, rendering Hildegard's Latin in an English style as idiomatic as her quirky language permits....This is an excellent starting point for readers who want to sample the writings of this great monastic in small doses before dipping into her formidable visionary tomes."--Reviews for Religious "This first volume...makes available for the first time in English 90 letters to and from both the upper echelon of church and state and lesser ecclesiastical figures." --Theological Studies
"I think this is the translation of Hildegard's letters that medievalists have been waiting for. It is based on a reliable edition, movingly and accurately translated, and will be useful to many scholars."--Elizabeth A. Petroff, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"I think this is the translation of Hildegard's letters that medievalistshave been waiting for. It is based on a reliable edition, movingly andaccurately translated, and will be useful to many scholars."--Elizabeth A.Petroff, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"This first volume...makes available for the first time in English 90 letters to and from both the upper echelon of church and state and lesser ecclesiastical figures." --Theological Studies
"This first volume...makes available for the first time in English 90letters to and from both the upper echelon of church and state and lesserecclesiastical figures." --Theological Studies
"To the English speaking Hildegard scholar, this book is one of the most welcome additions to the library....a sensitive and thoughtful opening up of a world nine hundred years old, giving readers of all persuasions access to both the public and private world of Hildegard of Bingen."--LIMINA
"To the English speaking Hildegard scholar, this book is one of the mostwelcome additions to the library....a sensitive and thoughtful opening up of aworld nine hundred years old, giving readers of all persuasions access to boththe public and private world of Hildegard of Bingen."-- LIMINA
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Consisting of nearly four hundred letters addressed to some of the most notable people of the 12th century, this correspondence reveals St Hildegard as a determined reformer, castigating seer, theoretical musician, patient adviser and exorcist.
Long Description
The first translation into English of the complete correspondence of the remarkable twelfth-century Benedictine abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), this study consists of nearly four hundred letters, in four projected volumes. Addressed to some of the most notable people of the day, as well as to some of humble status, the correspondence reveals the saint in ways her more famous works leave obscure: as determined reformer, as castigating seer, as theoretical musician, as patient adviser, as exorcist. Sometimes diffident and restrained, sometimes thunderously imperious, her letters are indispensable to understanding fully this luminary of medieval philosophy, poetry, and music. In addition, they provide a fascinating glimpse at life in tumultuous twelfth-century Germany, beset with schism and political unrest. This first volume includes ninety letters to the highest ranking prelates in Hildegard's world--popes, archbishops, and bishops. Three following volumes will be divided according to the rank of the addressees.
Long Description
This is the paperback edition of the first of a projected four-volume set, and is the first English translation of the correspondence of one of the most remarkable women of pre-modern times. Consisting of nearly four hundred letters addressed to some of the most notable people of the twelfth century, the correspondence reveals St Hildegard as a determined reformer, castigating seer, theoretical musician, patient adviser, and exorcist.
Main Description
The first of four volumes that will present the only English translation of the complete correspondence of the remarkable twelfth-century Benedictine abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), this study consists of nearly four hundred letters addressed to some of the most notable people of the day.
Main Description
The first translation into English of the complete correspondence of the remarkable twelfth-century Benedictine abbess Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), this study consists of nearly four hundred letters, in four projected volumes. Addressed to some of the most notable people of the day, aswell as to some of humble status, the correspondence reveals the saint in ways her more famous works leave obscure: as determined reformer, as castigating seer, as theoretical musician, as patient adviser, as exorcist. Sometimes diffident and restrained, sometimes thunderously imperious, her lettersare indispensable to understanding fully this luminary of medieval philosophy, poetry, and music. In addition, they provide a fascinating glimpse at life in tumultuous twelfth-century Germany, beset with schism and political unrest. This first volume includes ninety letters to the highest rankingprelates in Hildegard's world--popes, archbishops, and bishops. Three following volumes will be divided according to the rank of the addressees.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 3
Hildegard to Bernard, Abbot of Clairvauxp. 27
Abbot Bernard of Clairvaux to Hildegardp. 31
Hildegard to Pope Eugeniusp. 32
Hildegard to Pope Eugeniusp. 33
Pope Eugenius to Hildegardp. 34
Hildegard to Pope Eugeniusp. 36
Hildegard to Pope Eugeniusp. 37
Hildegard to Bernard and Gregory, Cardinalsp. 39
Hildegard to Pope Anastasiusp. 41
Hildegard to Pope Hadrianp. 44
Hildegard to Pope Alexander IIIp. 45
Pope Alexander III to Wezelinusp. 46
Hildegard to Hartwig, Archbishop of Bremenp. 47
Hildegard to Hartwig, Archbishop of Bremenp. 48
Hartwig, Archbishop of Bremen, to Hildegardp. 49
Hildegard to Hartwig, Archbishop of Bremenp. 51
Arnold, Archbishop of Cologne, to Hildegardp. 52
Hildegard to Arnold, Archbishop of Colognep. 53
Dean Philip and the Clerics of Cologne to Hildegardp. 53
Hildegard to the Shepherds of the Churchp. 54
Philip, Archbishop of Cologne, to Hildegardp. 65
Hildegard to Philip, Archbishop of Colognep. 66
Hildegard to Philip, Archbishop of Colognep. 68
Heinrich, Archbishop of Mainz, to Hildegardp. 69
Hildegard to Heinrich, Archbishop of Mainzp. 70
Hildegard to Heinrich, Archbishop of Mainzp. 71
Arnold, Archbishop of Mainz, to Hildegardp. 71
Hildegard to Arnold, Archbishop of Mainzp. 72
Hildegard to Conrad, Archbishop of Mainzp. 73
Conrad, Archbishop of Mainz, to Hildegardp. 74
Hildegard to Conrad, Archbishop of Mainzp. 75
Hildegard to the prelates at Mainzp. 76
Hildegard to Christian, Archbishop of Mainzp. 80
Christian, Archbishop of Mainz, to Hildegardp. 82
Eberhard, Archbishop of Salzburg, to Hildegardp. 84
Hildegard to Eberhard, Archbishop of Salzburgp. 85
Hillinus, Archbishop of Trier, to Hildegardp. 86
Hildegard to Hillinus, Archbishop of Trierp. 88
Arnold, Archbishop of Trier, to Hildegardp. 89
Hildegard to Arnold, Archbishop of Trierp. 90
Hildegard to Arnold, Archbishop of Trierp. 92
Arnold, Superior of St. Andrew in Cologne, to Hildegardp. 93
Hildegard to Eberhard, Bishop of Bambergp. 93
Eberhard, Bishop of Bamberg, to Hildegardp. 94
Hildegard to Eberhard, Bishop of Bambergp. 95
Henry, Bishop of Beauvais, to Hildegardp. 99
Hildegard to Henry, Bishop of Beauvaisp. 100
Hildegard to Gero, Bishop of Halberstadtp. 100
Amalricus, Bishop of Jerusalem, to Hildegardp. 101
Hermann, Bishop of Constance, to Hildegardp. 102
Hildegard to Hermann, Bishop of Constancep. 103
Hildegard to Hermann, Bishop of Constancep. 104
Heinrich, Bishop of Liege, to Hildegardp. 104
Hildegard to Heinrich, Bishop of Liegep. 105
Daniel, Bishop of Prague, to Hildegardp. 106
Hildegard to Daniel, Bishop of Praguep. 107
Odo of Soissons to Hildegardp. 108
Hildegard to Odo of Soissonsp. 109
Odo of Soissons to Hildegardp. 109
Hildegard to Odo of Parisp. 111
Gunther, Bishop of Speyer, to Hildegardp. 112
Hildegard to Gunther, Bishop of Speyerp. 113
Hildegard to Godfrey, Bishop of Utrechtp. 114
Godfrey, Bishop of Utrecht, to Hildegardp. 115
Hildegard to Godfrey, Bishop of Utrechtp. 116
Adelbert, Bishop of Verdun, to Hildegardp. 117
Conrad, Bishop of Worms, to Hildegardp. 117
Hildegard to Conrad, Bishop of Wormsp. 118
Hildegard to Abbot Wolfardp. 119
Hildegard to Prior Frederickp. 120
Godfrey the Monk to Hildegardp. 120
Hildegard to the Monk Godfreyp. 121
An Abbess to Hildegardp. 122
Hildegard to the Abbessp. 123
Abbess Sophia to Hildegardp. 123
Hildegard to the Abbess Sophiap. 124
Certain Monks to Hildegardp. 125
Mistress Tengswich to Hildegardp. 127
Hildegard to the Congregation of Nunsp. 128
Canon Udalric to Hildegardp. 130
Hildegard to Canon Udalricp. 131
Hildegard to Provost Andrewp. 131
An Abbot to Hildegardp. 132
Hildegard to the Abbotp. 133
Hildegard to an Abbotp. 134
Hildegard to an Abbotp. 134
Hildegard to Prior Dimop. 136
Hildegard to the Congregation of Monksp. 137
An Abbot to Hildegardp. 139
An Abbess to Hildegardp. 139
Hildegard to the Abbessp. 140
Gertrude, a Nun, to Hildegardp. 141
Hildegard to the Nun Gertrudep. 142
Hildegard to the Congregation of Nunsp. 143
Hildegard to Abbess Richardisp. 143
Hildegard to a Certain Monkp. 144
A Certain Superior to Hildegardp. 145
Hildegard to the Superiorp. 145
Hildegard to the Priest Bertholdp. 146
Abbot Gedolphus to Hildegardp. 147
Hildegard to Abbot Gedolphusp. 148
Gedolphus to Hildegardp. 151
Five Abbots to Hildegardp. 152
Hildegard to the Five Abbotsp. 153
Hildegard to an Abbotp. 155
The Abbot to Hildegardp. 156
Hildegard to the Abbotp. 157
Hildegard to the Congregation of Nunsp. 157
Abbot Kuno to Hildegardp. 158
Hildegard to Abbot Kunop. 159
Hildegard to the Abbotp. 162
Abbot Helengerus to Hildegardp. 163
Hildegard to Abbot Helengerusp. 164
Abbot Helengerus to Hildegardp. 165
Hildegard to Abbot Helengerusp. 166
Prior Adelbert to Hildegardp. 172
Hildegard to the Congregation of Monksp. 173
Hildegard to a Certain Monkp. 176
Morard, Monk, to Hildegardp. 176
Hildegard to the Monk Morardp. 177
Hildegard to the Abbot Ruthardp. 178
Abbot Eberhard to Hildegardp. 179
The Congregation of Monks to Hildegardp. 180
Hildegard to the Congregation of Monksp. 180
A Prior to Hildegardp. 181
Hildegard to the Priorp. 183
Abbot Adam to Hildegardp. 191
Hildegard to Abbot Adamp. 192
Hildegard to Adam, the Abbotp. 195
Hildegard to Adam, Abbotp. 196
A Certain Monk to Hildegardp. 197
Hildegard to the Secretaryp. 198
Hildegard to the Secretaryp. 199
Hildegard to a Hospitalerp. 199
Hildegard to Rudeger, the Monkp. 200
Hildegard to a Certain Monkp. 201
Endnotesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 217
Scripture Indexp. 221
General Indexp. 223
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