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16 June 2020Vision and Song in the life of Hildegard of Bingen - 'The Harmony of Celestial Revelations'
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Vision and Song in the life of Hildegard of Bingen - 'The Harmony of Celestial Revelations' Mark Cottle Tuesday 16 June 2020

“Listen: there was once a King sitting on his throne. Around him stood great and wonderfully beautiful columns ornamented with ivory. Then it pleased the King to raise a small feather from the ground and he commanded it to fly. The feather flew, not because of anything in itself but because the air blew it along. Thus, am I… ‘A feather on the breath of God’.”

Hildegard of Bingen was one of the most remarkable women of the Middle Ages, living a long and very active life as Abbess of her own abbey near Bingen in Germany. A visionary, poet, musician, naturalist healer and theologian whose writings were prolific, wide ranging and powerful.

After a brief summary of her life, this lecture will focus on a slection of Hildegard’s visions and music – two areas of her artistic output which resonate powerfully, if a little surprisingly, with our modern world.