This book presents in one volume the full range on biographical sources of the outstanding female religious figure of twelfth-century Germany, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). In addition it gives the English reading public the first in-depth view of Hildegard's spiritual mother, Jutta of Disibodenberg (1092-1136).
Most documents appear in translation for the first time. In particular, the Life of Jutta, which Hildegard herself instigated as a memorial to her spiritual mother, is a major source, recently discovered, that sheds new light on the early life of Hildegard. In addition to her accurate and sensitive translations, Silvas provides a detailed apparatus of up-to-date introductions, notes, and appendices.
Included are the following documents:
* Chronicles of Disibodenberg (selections)
* Charters of Disibodenberg
* Documents of Sponheim
* Life of Jutta
* Guibert's Letter 38 to Bovo (including his incomplete Life of Hildegard)
* Life of Hildegard
*Eight Readings to be read on the Feast of St. Hildegard
* Guibert's Revision of the Life of Hildegard
* Charters of Rupertsberg
* Canonization Proceedings