Thursday, September 29, 2016

ONE OF MY FAVORITE!!!! Hildy!!!!

By Hildegard
von Bingen
Born at Böckelheim on the Nahe, 1098
Died on the Rupertsberg near Bingen, 1179
Age of 8 she was placed under the care of Jutta, sister of Count Meginhard
Started having visons as a young age
Given the command from the Church to record what she saw
Illness over came her often
Physica is her only known non-metaphysical book
German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary

Earliest book on Natural History written in Germany.
While Brunfels, Fuchs and Bock are called the German Fathers of Botany, really we are more indebted to the German Mother of Botany.
Included recipes handed down through the generations by her predecessors.
Considered a great look into the folk medicine of Germany
Woodcuts from Physica had little to do with the material within. They were borrowed from another medical book.
Original Manuscript c. 1150 – Not Extant
1st Edition – 1533
Book One : Plants
Book Two : Elements
Book Three : Trees
Book Four : Stones
Book Five : Fish
Book Six : Birds
Book Seven : Animals
Book Eight : Reptiles
Book Nine : Metals

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