Hist 126 Wk 8 - Nicole Barbour Hist. 126 Essay #8 Rebecca...

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Nicole Barbour Hist. 126 Essay #8 Rebecca Leber-Gottberg 8/11/09 Hildegard of Bingen Hildegard of Bingen was an influential woman and played a significant role throughout the years of the Middle Ages. Hildegard was born in Bermersheim Germany in 1098 and died in 1179 at the age of 81 in Disibodenberg Germany. She was of German heritage and the tenth child born to a noble family from the Holy Roman Empire. Hildegard was given to the church after birth to be raised and educated in the convent. With the growing popularity of the monasteries, Hildegard was able to obtain an education. Hildegard of Bingen was a unique individual and a strong woman who brought a great deal to the years in which she lived. The Middle Ages were a time that there were few women writers or of little documentation of influential women. Hildegard was a writer, composer and musician. She became a head nun in the several convents that she founded which began to flourish. Hildegard founded two monasteries one called Rupertsburg in 1150 and another in 1165 which she named Eibingen. Around this time it had been thought that “intellectual life centered in the nunnery or court” with women becoming “more prominent in the spiritual life of the Church” (Chambers 256). Hildegard viewed music as being very important to society and had wrote many hymns, which her musical works and pieces were later copied by others. Hildegard saw producing music as “recapturing the original joy and beauty of paradise” and her music has been said to have sounded like “what we imagine angels singing to be like” (“The Life and Works of Hildegard
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von Bingen (1098-1179”). She was a very talented woman who put her creativity and skills to good use. Hildegard was an extraordinary woman who accomplished many tasks and obstacles that were set before her. Hildegard of Bingen had more power and authority than many women during that period and “was a remarkable woman, a ‘“first’” in many fields” (Lerman). The strong woman that she was is significant and “an inspirational account of an irresistible spirit and vibrant intellect overcoming social, physical, cultural, gender barriers to achieve timeless
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