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Illuminations

(2012)
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A triumphant portrait of a resilient and courageous woman and the life she might have lived . . .

Skillfully interweaving historical fact with psychological insight and vivid imagination, Sharratt's redemptive novel, Illuminations, brings to life one of the most extraordinary women of the Middle Ages: Hildegard von Bingen, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath.

Offered to the Church at the age of eight, Hildegard was entombed in a small room where she was expected to live out her days in silent submission as the handmaiden of a renowned but disturbed young nun, Jutta von Sponheim. Instead, Hildegard rejected Jutta's masochistic piety and found comfort and grace in studying books, growing herbs, and rejoicing in her own secret visions of the divine. When Jutta died some thirty years later, Hildegard broke out of her prison with the heavenly calling to speak and write about her visions and to liberate her sisters and herself from the soul-destroying anchorage. Riveting and utterly unforgettable, Illuminations is a deeply moving portrayal of a woman willing to risk everything for what she believed.

"With elegance and sensitivity, Mary Sharratt rescues Hildegard von Bingen from the obscurity of legend, bringing to life the flesh-and-blood woman in all her conflict, faith, and unwavering tenacity. Illuminations is an astonishing revelation of a visionary leader willing to sacrifice everything to defend her beliefs in a dangerous time of oppression."
- C. W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

Genre: Historical

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September 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen
Author(s): Mary Sharratt
ISBN: 0-547-56784-7 / 978-0-547-56784-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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October 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen
Author(s): Mary Sharratt
ISBN: 0-544-10653-9 / 978-0-544-10653-6 (USA edition)
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November 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen
Author(s): Mary Sharratt
ISBN: 1-4526-1077-0 / 978-1-4526-1077-1 (USA edition)
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November 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen
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Title: Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen
Author(s): Mary Sharratt
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October 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen
Author(s): Mary Sharratt
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