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Corpus Christianorum
Hildegardis Bingensis
Opera minora

H. Feiss, C. Evans, B. M. Kienzle, C. Muessig, B. Newman, P. Dronke (eds.)
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594 p., 155 x 245 mm, 2007
ISBN: 978-2-503-05261-8
Languages: Latin, English
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This volume presents five works by Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) that relate to Benedictine life and liturgy, a unique collection among the known writings of medieval women. The magistra of Rupertsberg expounded the Benedictine Rule, the Athanasian Creed, and the Gospels; in addition, she composed a play: the Ordo virtutum, and numerous liturgical songs, arranged in the Symphonia armonie celestium revelationum. The fifty-eight Expositiones evangeliorum demonstrate remarkably creative readings of twenty-seven pericopes common to monastic lectionaries.  Introductions for each of this volume’s five works assess the respective texts, discuss the manuscripts with care, and establish the principles of the editions.  The extraordinary ensemble of these works demonstrates the remarkable richness and range of Hildegard’s œuvre, as she applied her genius to everyday Benedictine practice at Rupertsberg. The volume will be of great interest to scholars of women’s spirituality, monastic studies, liturgy, sermon literature, and medieval Latin literary and religious culture.

Table of Contents

Hildegardis Bingensis — De regula sancti Benedicti — ed. H. Feiss

Hildegardis Bingensis — Explanatio Symboli sancti Athanasii — ed. P. Evans

Hildegardis Bingensis — Expositiones Evangeliorum — ed. B.M. Kienzle, C.A. Muessig

Hildegardis Bingensis — Ordo virtutum — ed. P. Dronke

Hildegardis Bingensis — Symphonia harmoniae caelestium revelationum — ed. B. Newman


"These editions are meticulously done throughout. [...] This reviewer admires not just the thoroughness of the editors but their tracking of judgments made by themselves and others in the study and editing of these texts. The cumulative intellectual effect of reading the introductions and studying the editions is illuminating."

(Th. M. Izbicki, in The Medieval Review, 09.07.02)

"This book deserves a prominent place in the field of Hildegardian studies."

(R. Andersson, in Medieval Sermon Studies 53, 2009, p. 77)

"The volume deserves to be used by those who wish to introduce students to Latin of great freshness and vitality, presented in exemplary fashion."

(Constant J. Mews, in The Journal of Medieval Latin 20, 2010, p. 307)

Series Branch:
Corpus Christianorum
Corpus Christianorum Medieval Latin Series
Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis
Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Judaeo-Christian Bible : texts criticism & exegesis
Christian Theology & Theologians
Early Medieval (c. 650-1200)
Classics, Ancient History, Oriental Studies
Latin literature
Medieval Latin literature
Specific genres
Latin Poetry - Medieval
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : genres & specific topics
Women's & gender studies

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