Hildegard von BingenCatholic Nun / Composer / Religious Figure
Died: 10 September 1179
Birthplace: Nahe, Germany
Best known as: Medieval prophet, healer and composer
Hildegard of Bingen began having visions as a child, but it wasn't until she was in her forties that her revelations in Christianity made her turn to composing. She founded convents and wrote plays, liturgies and hymns in praise of saints. Incredibly prolific, she was also considered a healer and early theologian and she was venerated in the church. Her compositions continue to be performed and recorded today.
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