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Saint Hildegard, also called Hildegard of Bingen or Hildegard von Bingen, byname Sibyl of the Rhine , (born 1098, Böckelheim, West Franconia [Germany]—died September 17, 1179, Rupertsberg, near Bingen; canonized May 10, 2012; feast day September 17), German abbess, visionary mystic, and composer.
Podcast- Hildergard Von
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Follett introduces the historical characters who have inspired him - Hildegard von Bingen, who advocated new approaches to healing and medicine, Marguerite Porete, who in 1295, challenged the hegemony of the Church with a revolutionary book, and Joan of Arc, who led the French army against the English. Who were these women who changed the world? Why did they suddenly question what millions before had accepted without complaint? How did they succeed in challenging the ironclad rules governing faith, society and medicine?
Revd Prof June Boyce-Tillman discusses Hildegard of Bingen's life, theology and mysticism. Part of the Sunday Forum series held at St Paul's Cathedral on the first Sunday of every month.
Saint Hildegard was a 12th century religious leader of the Benedictine faith known for her visions and diverse forms of writing.