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Why is Hildegard of Bingen an important figure in early Christian mysticism?

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Why is Hildegard of Bingen an important figure in early Christian mysticism?

Hildegard of Bingen is an important figure with regard to her unique contributions to flowering of Christian Mysticism, during the High Middle Ages. Hildegard further developed the medieval mystical idea "the bride of Christ," and she developed a very personal and intimate style of seeking oneness with God. Her mystical writings stress the centrality of the bible to understanding a personal union with God. The Bible was center of her intellectual universe, as she stood at the opposite from more classically inspired Catholicism of the Scholastics, such as the later Dominican Thomas Aquinas.

The High Middle Ages (1000-1300) were a period of sharp economic development and population growth. Also, the period of was a time of prominent cultural and intellectual movements, such as Gothic ...

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Hildegard of Bingen made unique contributions to the Christian Thought of the High Middle Ages. She reflects the movement of mysticism into larger popular world of medieval piety.

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