BookBrowse readers give Mary Sharratt's Illuminations high marks with 14 out of 16 readers rating it at least 4 stars out of 5. Here's why:
The nuanced portrait of Hildegard von Bingen resonated with many:
Mary Sharratt's Illuminations is a fascinating fictional account of the life of Hildegard von Bingen, the 12th century mystic, writer, composer, and Benedictine abbess. The novel contains a wealth of historical detail, but its true strength lies in the complex characterization of Hildegard, who is portrayed as a deeply religious but flawed individual who overcame much in her life to become the only sanctioned female theologian of her time (Terri O). By the end of the book, I felt that the author had given me an inside glimpse into the heart and soul of a brilliant, multi-talented woman who centuries later continues to inspire us. I highly recommend this book to all readers who want ...
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