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Selected Writings of Hildegard von Bingen,
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Hildegard was very much a 'one off': she was a twelfth century woman with a voice. Whether she was either a saintly mystic or merely someone who interpreted migraine induced hallucinations, her voice remains a fascinatingly original one and this selection is an ideal introduction to her writings.
The introduction is informative without being either too detailed or too patronising. There is a well-balanced mix of her letters as well as extracts from her longer works such as 'Scivias'.
She was a polymath who wrote, composed and illustrated in response to her visions and whist it is disappointing that there are only a few colour plates of her extraordinary pictures, I would thoroughly recommend this book to all who wish to explore the writings of one of the most astonishing medieval figures first hand.