“We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.” ~ Hildegard of Bingen
Disguised as "Minstrels"; "Healers"; or "Scribes" you'll come to understand and appreciated the life of one extraordinary woman in this biographical study of Hildegard of Bingen. Long before video games, televisions, radios, automobiles, and even telephones, in the mists of medieval Germany, over nine hundred years ago, a child was born. It may have been a simpler time than today, yet few would argue that it was less dangerous or less predictable. Who would have dreamed that a sickly baby girl, the tenth child to a noble family in 1098, would one day grow up to change the minds of Kings and challenge the religious practices of Popes?
Picture yourself in a millennium-old church where the monks walk slowly down a gray-stone corridor and sing in Latin. See the rising morning mist encircling the graceful arches as the sound of the chants of these devout men worshipping their creator can be heard, awakening the birds in the trees.
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Outside the gates there are the suffering townspeople, waiting patiently to see Brother Paulus, Disibodenberg's Infirmiarian. As you enter the gates you cannot help but notice the tender care given to the monastery's herbal gardens. It is here he turns to the herbs and other plants he grows to add to the ingredients of the salves and potions he prescribes to all the sick people who come to him for care. He must consider the space available, the lighting needs of each plant, the size of a full grown specimen, and its water requirements.
In the care of the anchoress Jutta, Hildegard spent her life from fourteen years of age until her death at age 81 (nearly 67 years) abiding by the routines of monastic life. Remember to assume a name and chose a date to experience this time travel adventure [the seasons affect what you eat and the festivals you may celebrate].
For your journal entries to feel real, put in sights, smells, tastes, and sounds, such as bells tolling the times for prayer, the scratchy coarse wool of the simple cassock or habit, etc.