• The Privileging of Visio over Vox in the Mystical Experiences of Hildegard of Bingen and Joan of Arc

    Author(s):
    Rebecca Kennison (see profile) , Anita Obermeier
    Date:
    1997
    Group(s):
    CLCS Medieval, LLC German to 1700, TC Religion and Literature
    Subject(s):
    Medieval history, Medieval literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M61G6J
    Abstract:
    In twelfth‐century Germany, where mysticism was a common phenomenon, Hildegard of Bingen and her visions were readily accepted — making it all the more significant that, despite the generally receptive conditions, Hildegard went to such trouble to make sure her visions and her writings were endorsed by the Church. In contrast, Joan of Arc, living in an era less friendly to mystics, seems not to have understood the necessity for the Church’s endorsement. Nevertheless, despite the comparative safety or danger inherent in their taking such a course, both Hildegard and Joan chose to resort to mystical methods to assist them in their very public missions: Hildegard’s preaching and admonition of temporal and ecclesiastical potentates alike, Joan’s leading an army — both of which were roles the respective hierarchies frowned upon greatly. Visions — carefully orchestrated and sanctioned — can help Hildegard to authorial power, but voices — naively employed — can send Joan to the stake.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Journal:
    Mystics Quarterly
    Volume:
    23
    Issue:
    3
    Start Page:
    137
    End Page:
    167
    Status:
    Published
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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