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Illuminations

A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen

By Mary Sharratt

Illuminations
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2012,
    288 pages.

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  • Donna W. (Wauwatosa, WI)


    Illuminations
    Hildegard was a fascinating character in the history of the church, and the writing was good but I just couldn't get into this book. Little is known of the events in the period of her 30 year confinement, and the treatment of this section seemed too fictionalized, with sexual innuendos added just to make the book more readable. The second part of the story seemed to have a rushed feeling with only a fleeting look given to events.

    I just was couldn't form an attachment to either the characters or the story.
  • Diane R. (Munger, Michigan)


    ILLUMINATIONS IS A WINNER!!!
    I truly enjoyed Illuminations. It was a true page turner and I loved the historical information that was intertwined throughout the book. It is an excellent book for a book club. It covers the life of a fascinating woman and corruption in the church and how the hierarchy looked down on women. It is suspenseful, holds your attention, and fast moving. It reminded me of the "Red Tent" where Dinah was portrayed. I was educated in a parochial school so many things in the book brought back memories even though there are many centuries between my education years and the time frame of this book.
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