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Bingen, Hildegard of

Category: Religious

Hildegard, a virgin prophete- engraved by W.Marshall

Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098 –1179), was a German writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath.  And she suffered [and really suffered] from migraine

Despite her health problems she founded the monasteries of Rupertsberg in 1150 and Eibingen in 1165. She wrote theological, botanical and medicinal texts, as well as letters, liturgical songs, and poems, while supervising brilliant miniature illuminations.

Although the history of her formal recognition as a saint is complicated, she has been recognized as a saint by parts of the Roman Catholic Church for centuries.


Elizabeth Spearing – Medieval writings on Female Spirituality

The visions are intensely dramatic and brilliantly coloured, sometimes reflecting, it has been suggested, the visual disturbances of migraine

Hildegard of Bingen from The Vita

At one time, because of a dimming of my eyes, I could see no light; I was weighed down in body by such a weight that I could not get up, but lay there assailed by the most intense pains….


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