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Friday, December 16, 2011

Blessed Hildegard of Bingen

It is reported that Blessed Hildegard of Bingen (1097/8-1179) will be made a Saint and then a Doctor of the Church in October 2012, nearly 1000 years after her death

One of the main reasons for the survival of the writings of Blessed Hildegard has been the The Wiesbaden Codex (“Riesencodex“: "giant codex", or “chain codex”) now in the Landesbibliothek Wiesbaden in Wiesbaden, Germany

It is a “definitive edition” of Hildegard’s writings probably finished during her lifetime (i.e., before 1179) or shortly after,

She had knowledge of the project and it involved five or six scribes in her monastery,


Part of Manuscript of Scivias by Hildegard of Bingen in The Wiesbaden ("Giant") Codex
c. 1175/1190
46 x 30 cm
Landesbibliothek Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany


Shortly after this manuscript other manuscripts were produced including this one of Scivias in the University of Heidelberg dating from about 1190 -1220 (Cod. Sal. X,16, Hildegard von Bingen, Liber Scivias , Zwiefalten und Salem, Ende 12

It has a number of beautiful illustrations. See below

2v Miniatur "Annus"

106r part of Teil III, Vision 1-13

142r part of Teil III, Vision 1-13

167v part of Teil III, Vision 1-13

177r part of Teil III, Vision 1-13