"At long last there has appeared an English-language book worthy of the person it studies. . . . Hildegard of Bingen was an exuberantly complex visualist and thinker; Dr. Newman's book is an excellent way of being introduced to Hildegard's sapiential visuals and thought." -- Adris Newsletter
"Newman analyzes carefully and critically the unique contributions that Hildegard, a twelfth-century abbess, mystic and scientist, made to the theology of her age, while at the same time successfully situating her within that very period." -- Alice J. Laffey, R.S.M., America
"Newman brilliantly analyzes the feminine motifs that appear in the writings of the remarkable Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) who was a prophet, visionary, scientist, cosmologist, counselor, and reformer. . . . This is the first book on Hildegard in English and the only work of any length on her theology of the feminine." -- A. McDowall, Choice
"Newman's penetrating study of Hildegard's theology of the feminine fills a great need. . . . Although her stated subject is theology, the evidence she brings to bear on her subject comes from the whole range of Hildegard's writings: scientific, lyrical, doctrinal, epistolary. Newman's translations are her own and rich; they are from Latin, not from German translations of the text. Her detailed critical apparatus not only grounds her insights and arguments firmly in clearly identified primary sources, but also provides a rich bibliography." -- Barbara Lachman Grant, Mystics Quarterly
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"This is simply the best book ever done on St. Hildegard in Englisha well-conceptualized work of remarkable erudition and vigorous style. Medievalists will love it, and it will generate debate in the field."Robert I. Burns, S. J.