Her letters have been translated into the English and fill 3 volumes. This study consists of nearly four hundred letters. Addressed to some of the most notable people of the day, as well as to some of humble status, the correspondence reveals the saint in ways her more famous works leave obscure: as determined reformer, as castigating seer, as theoretical musician, as patient adviser, as exorcist.
Sometimes diffident and restrained, sometimes thunderously imperious, her letters are indispensable to understanding fully this medieval saint and her works. In addition, they provide a fascinating glimpse at life in tumultuous twelfth-century Germany, a period of schism and political unrest. This first volume includes ninety letters to popes, archbishops, and bishops.
In the second volume are letters to lower-ranking spiritual leaders (abbots and abbesses, for the most part) offering advice and consolation, and is particularly noteworthy for the correspondence with Guilbert of Gembloux, who provides a wealth of information about the saint and her spiritual gift.
|St. Guilbert of Gembloux|
The third volume contains letters to a non-ecclesiastical audience, letters not just to such high-ranking notables as Frederick Barbarossa, King Henry II of England, or Eleanor of Aquitaine, but also to common, ordinary individuals of no importance whatsoever, excpet that they received a letter from St. Hildegard of Bingen.
|St. H. original "Blogger" (Dutch)|
|(this says it all!-Pablo Morales de los Ríos- Spain )|