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Author King-Lenzmeier, Anne H., 1953-

Title Hildegard of Bingen : an integrated vision / Anne H. King-Lenzmeier.

Imprint Collegeville, Minn. : Liturgical Press, ©2001.


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  282.092 H642K    DUE 11-25-22
Description xxv, 231 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Note "A Michael Glazier book."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (199-224) and index.
"Select discography": pages 225-227.
Contents Exploring the Method: Mysticism, Spirituality, and Polyphony -- Chronology of Hildegard's Life -- Three Phases of Hildegard's Life and Works -- I. Shaping Forces. A Sense of Place: Society and Surroundings. Natural Surrounding and Religious Inspiration. Liturgy and Learning. Music and Light: The Meeting Place of the Human and the Divine. The World Outside. Shaping Forces and Hildegard's Personality -- II. Mystical Polyphony in the Visionary Works. The Calling of God: The Preface to the Scivias. From the Preface to the Content of the Scivias. Pt. 1. Creation and Fall. Pt. 2. Incarnation and Salvation. Pt. 3. Tribulations and the Coming Kingdom of God. Scivias: Observations and Remarks. The Liber Vitae Meritorum. Contents of the Liber Vitae Meritorum. Specific Examples from the Liber Vitae Meritorum. The De Operatione Dei. The Structure and Contents of the De Operatione Dei. Specific Examples from the De Operatione Dei. The De Operatione Dei: Observations and Remarks. The Theological-Visionary Treatises and the Mystical Polyphony of Hildegard -- III. Bringing the Strands Together: The Gift of Music. Hildegard's Musical Style and the Creation of the Symphonia. Music, Poetry, and Style. Structure, Organization, and Number of Songs in the Cycle. Examples from the Symphonia. O Ecclesia. O Viridissima Virga. O Virtus Sapientiae. The Ordo Virtutum: The First Morality Play. The Musical and Poetic Structure of the Ordo Virtutum. The Significance of the Ordo Virtutum. Mystical Polyphony in Hildegard's Music -- IV. Earth and Heaven in Dialogue. The Lingua Ignota. The Lives of Saints, the Rule of Benedict, and the Athanasian Creed. Hildegard and the World of Creation. Physica. Causae et Curae -- V. From Mystical Vision to Prophetic Witness. The Prophetic Calling. Prophetic Authority and the Ecclesial and Secular Authorities. The Prophetess and Politics: Worldly Ties. The Letters as Prophetic Witness. The Popes. Frederick Barbarossa, Holy Roman Emperor (1152-1190). Philip of Heinsberg. Conflict with the Prelates of Mainz. Responsibilities of Office. Care and Cure of Souls. Theological Issues. The Preaching Tours and the Content of Her Preaching. First Preaching Tour. Second Preaching Tour. Third Preaching Tour. Fourth Preaching Tour. Polyphonic Mysticism and Prophetic Witness -- VI. Concluding Remarks.
Summary Hildegard of Bingen: An Integrated Vision shows that Hildegard's opus was filled with balance, unity, and a stress on the Gospela life and work that served as an inspiration and a challenge for the twelfth century and now for us at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Hildegard of Bingen: An Integrated Vision considers Hildegard as a whole person and places her within her own century and context. It accents what makes her such a compelling figure for the modern reader while retaining the integrity of her peerless voice. It also serves as an introduction to Hildegard and a resource for simplistic interpretations of a complex and gifted woman whose legacy is a multitude of works. The first chapter explains Hildegard's mystical polyphony by exploring the forces which shaped Hildegard's development throughout her life, stressing her historical context, personal history, and the setting in which she lived and wrote. Chapter two explores her mystical polyphony in the explicitly visionary theological works: the Scivias, the Liber vitae meritorum, and the De operatione Dei. The third chapter considers Hildegard's musical vision in depth. Chapter four explores her non-visionary works, including the "unknown language," the lingua ignota; her lives of the saints and founders; and her commentaries and theories about the natural world, linked to her cosmology. Chapter five looks at Hildegard's prophetic gifts and voice. It examines her relationships with others: in the communities in which she lived and governed, "in the world" by correspondence or encounter, in her encounters with authority, and in her claim to be an authority in her own right. King-Lenzmeier concludes with such questions as What makes Hildegard unique as a mystic, and what does she share with others? and How is Hildegard's mystical journey a paradigm for other mystical journeys? She draws forth the major elements that integrate Hildegard's life and work and indicates in what way she is an example for other mystics who share her polyphonic character and spiritual path. The final chapter demonstrates Hildegard's uniqueness among the mystics while presenting the universal appeal of her mysticism. By considering all of Hildegard's talents, works, and trials Hildegard of Bingen: An Integrated Vision shows the depth of the challenge she presents to us. She calls us to look beyond the everyday, but to value it at the same time; to challenge our preconceived notions of gender in the divine and human spheres; to see that in times of hardship we cannot give up; and to love life, even when it is hard to bear. She gives us her example and her tools: now it is our turn to figure out, singly and together, how to bring viriditas more fully into the world of today and tomorrow. Chapters are "Shaping Forces," "Mystical Polyphony in the Visionary Works," "Bringing the Strands TogetherThe Gift of Music," "Earth and Heaven in Dialogue," "From Mystical Vision to Prophetic Witness," and "Concluding Remarks." Includes illustrations--from publisher's website.
Subject Hildegard, Saint, 1098-1179.
Hildegard, Saint, 1098-1179 (OCoLC)fst00060719
ISBN 0814658423
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