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Hildegard's extensive contributions to Christian thought are recognized in her being named as a Doctor of the Church on October 7, 2012. This book introduces Hildegard and her works as well as the historical, literary, and religious context of her writings and music. It explores the cultural context for her life and work, as well as understudied aspects of Hildegard's works, such as the interconnections among her works. The fundamental differences between the two visionary cultures, which one observes in Elisabeth and Hildegard, are considered in relation to their biographical context. Ezekiel stands out among the prophets for his influence on the magistra's claim to authority, the literary form of Hildegard's visionary writing, and the imagery that connects word and thought across her opera. Chapters in the book testify to the dazzling expanse of Hildegard's oeuvre and demonstrate the keen interest that her works and her person continue to command.

Keywords: doctor of the Church; Elisabeth; Ezekiel; Hildegard; Hildegardis Bingensis Operaminora; medieval religiousculture

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