Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen

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Mariner Books #ad - But through the study of books and herbs, through music and the kinship of her sisters, Hildegard found her way from a life of submission to a calling that celebrated the divine glories all around us. Offered by her noble family to the Church at the age of eight, she lived for years in forced silence. Unforgettable.

January magazine one of the most extraordinary women of the Middle Ages, Hildegard von Bingen—Benedictine abbess, composer, healer, saint—experienced mystic visions from a very young age. Illuminations is riveting, following von Bingen through. Like ann patchett’s Bel Canto, Illuminations is primarily about relationships forged under pressure.

Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen #ad - Publishers Weekly “Masterful. Saint paul Pioneer Press. Gripping. To emerge as one of the significant voices of the 12th century.

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The Dark Lady's Mask

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Mariner Books #ad - Paul pioneer press   “an absorbing bildungsroman that grapples with strikingly contemporary issues of gender and religious identification”—New York Times Book Review “An exquisite portrait of a Renaissance woman pursuing her artistic destiny in England and Italy, who may—or may not—be Shakespeare’s Dark Lady.

Margaret george, best-selling author of Elizabeth I    Aemilia Bassano Lanier is beautiful and accomplished, but her societal conformity ends there. Their italian idyll, though, cannot last. Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the St. The two outsiders strike up a literary bargain: they leave plague-ridden London for Italy, where they begin secretly writing comedies together and where Will falls in love with the beautiful country—and with Aemilia, his Dark Lady.

The Dark Lady's Mask #ad - The idea of a smart, beautiful, ‘we shall write comedies, artistic woman telling Shakespeare, you and I’ is as heady as the elderflower wine Aemilia’s household staff brews. Washington post   “atmospheric, like shakespeare’s plays, well-researched, carefully plotted…and, chock-full of equal parts mirth and pith to please all.

Minneapolis Star Tribune. Not one to stand by in humiliation, Aemilia takes up her own pen in her defense, and in defense of all women. Will gains fame and fortune for their plays back in London and years later publishes the sonnets mocking his former muse. She frequently cross-dresses to escape her loveless marriage and to gain freedoms only men enjoy—and then a chance encounter with a ragged, little-known poet named Shakespeare changes everything.

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Ecstasy: A Novel

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - Torn by her love and in awe of his genius, sister, part triumph of the feminist spirit, wife, mother, how will she remain true to herself and her artistic passion?   Part cautionary tale, lover, author, Ecstasy reveals the true Alma Mahler: composer, daughter, and muse. In the glittering hotbed of turn-of-the-twentieth-century Vienna, one woman’s life would define and defy an era Gustav Klimt gave Alma her first kiss.

But alma loses her heart to the great composer Gustav Mahler, nearly twenty years her senior. Poet and novelist franz Werfel described her as “one of the very few magical women that exist. But who was this woman who brought these most eminent of men to their knees? In Ecstasy, Mary Sharratt finally gives one of the most controversial and complex women of her time the center stage.

Ecstasy: A Novel #ad - Coming of age in the midst of a creative and cultural whirlwind, young, beautiful Alma Schindler yearns to make her mark as a composer. A brand-new era of possibility for women is dawning and she is determined to make the most of it. Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius abandoned all reason to pursue her. Gustav mahler fell in love with her at first sight and proposed only a few weeks later.

He demands that she give up her music as a condition for their marriage.

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Daughters of the Witching Hill

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Mariner Books #ad - Daughters of the Witching Hill is a powerful novel of intrigue and revelation. Bess southerns, an impoverished widow living in Pendle Forest, is haunted by visions and gains a reputation as a cunning woman. Sharratt interweaves well-researched historical details of the 1612 Pendle witch-hunt with a beautifully imagined story of strong women, family, and betrayal.

Drawing on the catholic folk magic of her youth, Bess heals the sick and foretells the future. When a peddler suffers a stroke after exchanging harsh words with Alizon, a local magistrate, eager to make his name as a witch finder, plays neighbors and family members against one another until suspicion and paranoia reach frenzied heights.

Daughters of the Witching Hill #ad - Daughters of the witching hill brings history to life in a vivid and wrenching account of a family sustained by love as they try to survive the hysteria of a witch-hunt. This e-book includes a sample chapter of Illuminations. As she ages, as well as her best friend, Alizon, in her craft, she instructs her granddaughter, who ultimately turns to dark magic.

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The Greenest Branch: A Novel of Germany's First Female Physician Hildegard of Bingen Book 1

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Iron Knight Press #ad - P. K. Against fierce opposition from prior helenger, the hostile head of the monks’ cloister, she finds another way to learn – by securing an apprenticeship with Brother Wigbert who runs the infirmary and is in dire need of a capable assistant. The greenest branch is the first in a two-book series based on the true story of Hildegard of Bingen, Germany’s first female physician and one of the few women to attain that position in medieval Europe.

Hauntingly beautiful and meticulously researched. It might seem that Hildegard’s dreams have quickly come to an end. Disibod in the rhineland as her parents’ gift to the Church in accordance with a custom known as the tithe. Medieval Church hierarchy. Disibod. Hildegard has a deep love of nature and a knowledge of herbal healing that might make more than one Church official suspicious of witchery, and she hopes to purse medical studies at St.

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But that is not the only challenge she must grapple with. In that atmosphere, young Hildegard is sent to the Abbey of St.

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The Column of Burning Spices: A Novel of Germany's First Female Physician Hildegard of Bingen Book 2

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Iron Knight Press #ad - The characters and settings come alive on the page, and by the end I felt as if I’d traveled in time to 12th-century Germany. C. P. But will they take up a woman’s cause and subvert centuries of established tradition? and will it be enough to protect Hildegard from a betrayal that lurks closer than she could ever imagine?Set against the backdrop of the lush oak forests, vineyard-covered hills, The Column of Burning Spices is a tale of courage, Sharon Kay Penman, Bernard Cornwell, sacrifice, and sparkling rivers of the Rhineland, and love that will appeal to fans of Ken Follett, strength, and Conn Iggulden.

Lesley, author of The Golden Lynx. However, the societal strictures that prevent women from being able to access education and live independent lives are also on display. A fascinating portrayal of one of history’s most remarkable women, Hildegard of Bingen—composer, theologian, mystic, and physician.

The Column of Burning Spices: A Novel of Germany's First Female Physician Hildegard of Bingen Book 2 #ad - The year is 1143. There are several who could become her champions - from the famed Abbot Bernard of Clairvaux, to the Archbishop of Mainz, to the newly elected Pope Eugenius III. Disibod is hildegard’s only hope of continuing her mission of healing and writing as she sees fit. Once again, the monks of St.

Disibod are there to stop her, citing the biblical passages that admonish against “women teachers.

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American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans

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HarperOne #ad - Hutchinson defended herself brilliantly, faced with a perceived threat to public order, but the judges, banished her for behaving in a manner "not comely for her sex. Written by one of hutchinson's direct descendants, American Jezebel brings both balance and perspective to Hutchinson's story. In exile, she settled Rhode Island, becoming the only woman ever to co-found an American colony.

The seeds of the american struggle for women's and human rights can be found in the story of this one woman's courageous life. In 1637, a forty-six-year-old midwife who was pregnant with her sixteenth child, Anne Hutchinson, stood before forty male judges of the Massachusetts General Court, charged with heresy and sedition.

American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans #ad - It captures this american heroine's life in all its complexity, theologian, a cardboard feminist, mother, or a raging crank—as some have portrayed her—but as a flesh-and-blood wife, presenting her not as a religious fanatic, and political leader. American jezebel illuminates the origins of our modern concepts of religious freedom, and free speech, equal rights, and showcases an extraordinary woman whose achievements are astonishing by the standards of any era.

The book narrates her dramatic expulsion from massachusetts, still threatened by her challenges, after which her judges, promptly built Harvard College to enforce religious and social orthodoxies—making her the mid-wife to the nation's first college. Her unconventional ideas had attracted a following of prominent citizens eager for social reform.

. In a time when women could not vote, or teach outside the home, hold public office, the charismatic Hutchinson wielded remarkable political power.

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The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen

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Mariner Books #ad - In this lively book, bordo steps off the well-trodden paths of Tudoriana to expertly tease out the human being behind the competing mythologies. Part biography, part cultural history, The Creation of Anne Boleyn is a fascinating reconstruction of Anne’s life and an illuminating look at her afterlife in the popular imagination.

Why is anne so compelling? why has she inspired such extreme reactions? What did she really look like? Was she the flaxen-haired martyr of Romantic paintings or the raven-haired seductress of twenty-first-century portrayals? Answer: neither. And perhaps the most provocative questions concern Anne’s death more than her life.

The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen #ad - How could henry order the execution of a once beloved wife? Drawing on scholarship and critical analysis, Bordo probes the complexities of one of history’s most infamous relationships. Bordo also shows how generations of polemicists, novelists, biographers, ” feminist icon, proto “mean girl, and filmmakers imagined and re-imagined Anne: whore, cautionary tale, martyr, and everything in between.

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Hildegard of Bingen: The Woman of Her Age

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Faber & Faber #ad - Fiona maddocks has provided a short new preface to cover these tributes to an extraordinary and exceptional woman. Best known today as a fine composer, the twelfth-century German abbess Hildegard of Bingen was also a religious leader and visionary, a poet, naturalist and writer of medical treatises. The great intellectual gifts and forceful character that emerge make her as fascinating as any figure in the Middle Ages.

More than 800 years after her death, pope Benedict XVI has made Hildegard a Saint and a Doctor of the Church one of only four women. Despite her cloistered life she had strong, often controversial views on sex, love and marriage too - a woman astonishing in her own age, whose book of apocalyptic visions, Scivias, would alone have been enough to ensure her lasting fame.

Hildegard of Bingen: The Woman of Her Age #ad - In this classic and highly praised biography - first published by Headline in 2001 - distinguished writer and journalist, draws on Hildegard's prolific writings to paint a portrait of her extraordinary life against the turbulent medieval background of crusade and schism, Fiona Maddocks, scientific discovery and cultural revolution.

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Life in a Medieval City Medieval Life Book 1

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Martin’s Game of Thrones series. Evoking every aspect of city life in the middle Ages, Life in a Medieval City depicts in detail what it was like to live in a prosperous city of Northwest Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Merchants and money men from all over Europe gather at Troyes to buy, and lend, borrow, sell, creating a bustling market center typical of the feudal era.

The year is 1250 ce and the city is troyes, capital of the county of Champagne and site of two of the cycle Champagne Fairs—the “Hot Fair” in August and the “Cold Fair” in December. As the gieses take us through the day-to-day life of burghers, we learn the customs and habits of lords and serfs, how financial transactions were conducted, how medieval cities were governed, and what life was really like for a wide range of people.

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The Thistle and the Rose: The Story of Margaret, Princess of England, Queen of Scotland A Novel of the Tudors Book 6

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Broadway Books #ad - When king james is struck down by the armies of henry viii, margaret—Princess of England, but Queen of Scotland—finds herself torn between loyalty to the land and family of her birth and to that of her baby son, now King of the Scots. The betrothal is meant to end decades of bloody border wars, she finds joy in her marriage to the dashing James IV of Scotland, but it becomes a love match: To Margaret’s surprise, a man sixteen years her senior.

She decides to remain in scotland and carve out her own destiny, surviving a scandalous second marriage and battling with both her son and her brother to the very end. Like all the tudors, margaret’s life would be one of turmoil and controversy, but through her descendants, England and Scotland would unite as one nation, under one rule, and find peace.

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But the marriage, and the peace it brings to both nations, does not last.

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