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Thursday, January 16, 2014

St. Hildegard, martyr of the Vatican



This is the only existing Italian version of St. Hildegard of Bingen's visionary book Scivias, written in the 1140s. It was published in 2002 by LEV, the Vatican publishing house, in a pocket version but with the price of a "prestigious book," that is absolutely not the case, as the translation is largely abridged, arbitrarily cropping away most of the text, and it would need a strong editing for a better understanding; errors are not lacking either. Hildegard's visions anyway are so fascinating that they succeed in communicating something deep even in this badly butchered version.