Selected Writings (Hildegard of Bingen)

Selected Writings (Hildegard of Bingen)

Written by: Hildegard Of Bingen
Translated by: Mark Atherton

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140436044
  • 320 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Hildegard, the “Sybil of the Rhine,” was a Benedictine nun and one of the most prolific and original women writers of the Middle Ages. Arranged thematically, this new edition of her work brings together selections from her visionary trilogy, her treatise on medicine and the natural world, and her songs and correspondence.

This unique volume includes a chronology of her life and times, bibliography, select discography, explanatory notes, glossary, and connecting commentary. It shows Hildegard as a wide-ranging thinker who touched on many themes that concern us today, including: the relationship between human beings and the natural world, mutuality between men and women, and the importance of a holistic approach to life.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Table of Contents

Selected Writings – Hildegard of Bingen – Translated by Mark Atherton Introduction:
I. Life and Career
II. Hildegard in Her Time
III. Hildegard’s Writings
Further Reading
Select Discography
Translator’s Note
Know the Ways
1. Letter to Bernard of Clairvaux
2. The Action of the Will (from Scivias)
3. Redemption (from Scivias)
4. Letter to Odo of Soissons
5. The Trinity (from Scivias)
6. Letter to Pope Eugenius III
Struggles for Independence
7. Songs for Saint Disibod
8. Letter to Hartwig of Bremen
9. Song for Saint Ursula
10. The Trials of the Soul (from Scivias)
11. Songs for Saint Rupert
12. The Departure of Richardis of Strade
13. The First Version of The Play of the Virtues (from Scivias)The Sibyl of the Rhine
14. Three Political Letters
15. Songs for the Dedication of a Church
16. Teachings on the Church (from Scivias)
17. Letter to Elisabeth of Schönau
18. Gertrud of Stahleck
19. Letter to the Abbess of Bamberg
In Praise of Creation
20. The Cosmic Egg (from Scivias)
21. The Cosmos (from Causes and Cures)
22. Gemstones (from Physica)
23. Songs from Symphonia
24. Two Christmas Homilies
Allegories of Justice and Love
25. The Iron Mountain (from Scivias)
26. The Man Looking East and South (from The Book of Life’s Merits)
27. The Seven Vices and Virtues (from The Book of Life’s Merits)
28. The Voice from Heaven (from The Book of Life’s Merits)
29. The Unknown Language
30. Allegorical Letters
31. A Vision of Love (from The Book of Divine Works)
Hildegard’s Life and Influence
32. Queries and Requests: Selected Letters to Hildegard
33. From The Life of Hildegard, Book 2, by Theoderich of Echternach
34. Gebeno of Eberbach: The Pentachronon
35. From the Canonization Protocol