Three women whose resolve, intelligence and bravery helped shape history - at a time when females had few rights and were excluded from the priesthood, the military and universities - are studied by Ken Follett. He begins with the story of 12th-century German nun Hildegard von Bingen, one of the inspirations behind the character of Caris in his novel World Without End. A writer and composer, Hildegard successfully challenged the Church's hierarchy.
A look at the visionary Hildegard of Bingen. She was a nun who, contrary to gender expectations, produced an impressive amount of writings on various subjects.
Mention of medieval education of girls and women is likely to give rise to a mental image of convents, the most prominent educational institutions during the sixth through the thirteenth centuries.
Hildegard of Bingen, a twelfth-century German abbess (1098-1179), was not only a woman of great influence and power during her time, but she was also a female figure who wrote extensively about women.