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What Do We Know About the Life of Jutta and Hildegard at Disibodenberg and Rupertsberg?

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Hildegard was "enclosed" with Jutta and another girl at Disibodenberg in 1112 and that Jutta made her monastic vows at this time. The idea that the three young women in 1112 were not simply admitted or "enclosed" in a cloister, but rather were immured during a formal ceremony is confirmed through Guibert, a Benedictine from Gembloux who stayed as a guest at Rupertsberg from 1178 to 1180. The search for a new residence is also indicated by Gottfried, with his characteristic effort to promote harmony, in his Vita of Hildegard. Hildegard's biographers, as well as her autobiographical writings and letters especially the Scivias and her commentary on the rule leave no doubt that Hildegard esteemed the Benedictine ideal of monasticism above all, if, admittedly, with a philanthropic interpretation. In the 18th century, the nuns of Eibingen thought they could still make amends and rewrote Hildegard into a second Countess of Sponheim.

Keywords: Benedictine; cloister; Disibodenberg; Eibingen; Guibert; Hildegard; Jutta; monasticism; Rupertsberg



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