Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen

by Mary Sharratt

"An imaginative retelling of the fascinating life of the twelfth-century nun Hildegard von Bingen . . . Sharratt’s gripping story, like Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, is primarily about relationships forged under pressure." —Publishers Weekly

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780544106536
  • ISBN-10: 0544106539
  • Pages: 288
  • Publication Date: 10/15/2013
  • Carton Quantity: 24

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    “Sharratt brings one of the most famous and enigmatic women of the Middle Ages to vibrant life in this tour de force, which will captivate the reader from the very first page.” —Sharon Kay Penman

    “One could not anticipate this majesty and drama . . . Illuminations is riveting, following von Bingen through . . . to emerge as one of the significant voices of the 12th century . . . Unforgettable.” —January Magazine


    One of the most extraordinary women of the Middle Ages, Hildegard von Bingen—Benedictine abbess, healer, composer, saint—experienced mystic visions from a very young age. Offered by her noble family to the Church at the age of eight, she lived for years in forced silence. But through the study of books and herbs, through music and the kinship of her sisters, Hildegard found her way from a life of submission to a calling that celebrated the divine glories all around us. In this brilliantly researched and insightful novel, Mary Sharratt offers a deeply moving portrait of a woman willing to risk everything for what she believed, a triumphant exploration of the life she might well have lived.


    “Gripping . . . Like Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, [Illuminations] is primarily about relationships forged under pressure.” —Publishers Weekly

    “Masterful.”—Saint Paul Pioneer Press

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