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Hildegard of Bingen
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Religious Figure
    (September 16, 1098-September 17, 1179)
    Mother Abbess of the convent in Bingen, Germany
    Wrote the books ‘Scivias,’ ‘Liber vitae meritorium’ and ‘De operatione Dei,’ and the musical work ‘Ordo Virtutum’
    She said she had visions and could read minds.
    She claimed to have special instructions from God.
    People called her a saint (and still do), even though the church never formally canonized her.
    Many New Age nut cases are inspired by her ideas.
    As a child she was usually ill.
    Her parents sent her to a nunnery because they couldn’t afford to feed her.
    She got bad headaches.
    She was knowledgeable about the medicine and science of her time.
    She was a respected and charismatic figure.
    Unlike most medieval women, she was able to become a powerful political and intellectual leader.
    Modern neurologists think she probably had a mental illness.
    She is considered the first documented composer in history (and one of the only female ones).

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro

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