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Hildegard of Bingen (1098—1179)


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(7th century),

Irish bishop. Discouraged by apparent failure to reform his compatriots, he went to Germany ‘in exile for Christ’ and founded the monastery known later as Disibodenberg (Diessenberg or Mount St Disibod), near Bingen. There he met with greater success and died peacefully. In 1170 a Life of Disibod was written by the visionary Hildegard: although this was attributed to a revelation, the few ‘facts’ are simply the traditions then current. Virtually no details are known about him. Feast: 8 September, although he is not mentioned in either the early Irish or Roman martyrologies.

AA.SS. Iul. II (1721), 581–99, which prints Hildegard's Life;B.L.S., vii. 55–6.

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