• Illuminations

  • A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen
  • By: Mary Sharratt
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (184 ratings)

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Illuminations

By: Mary Sharratt
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
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Publisher's summary

Audie Award Finalist, Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction, 2014

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.

©2012 Mary Sharratt (P)2012 Tantor

Critic reviews

"[A] gripping story." ( Publishers Weekly)