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.
"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)