After viewing the movie in class, I was intrigued to learn more about this magnificent woman. Thusly, some of the writings in this essay may not be information found from the movie but from other sources entirely.
Sister Hildegard of Bingen was truly an amazing woman. She lived from the years 1098-1179. This was a time when it was unheard of for a woman to write. However, in her time here, Sister Hildegard produced significant works of her visions and theology. She is also the first composer whose biography is known. During this time period women were of low accord, however, Sister Hildegard was consulted by bishops, popes, and kings. She was known as the "Sybil of the Rhine."
Hildegard was born into quite a large family of nobility, herself being the tenth child. It was customary for the tenth child to be given up as the family could not count on providing for her.
Thusly, Hildegard was dedicated to the church. Her visions began at the mere age of three. At the age of eight, Hildegard was sent away for a religious education. Feeling as if this education was inadequate, Hildegard started to learn on her own. She learned to read Psalter in Latin and also learned to compose music. Hildegard was eventually to become the head of this convent at which she was sent to learn.
It was in 1141 that Hildegard had a vision of God that gave her true understanding of religious texts. From this point on, Hildegard was to write down everything she saw in these visions. Even after this vision Hildegard was still struck with feelings of insufficiency and hesitated to write. Although she never doubted the origin of her visions, she wished for them to be sanctioned and accepted by the Catholic Church...