Review: The Wisdom of Hildegard of Bingen

The Wisdom of Hildegard of Bingen compiled and introduced by Fiona Bowie This book is a collection of thirty short passages from the writing of Hildegard of Bingen, a twelfth century nun, abbess, theologian, musician, and writer. The passages are organized into sections like “The Trinity,” “Human Responsibility,” “The Harmony of the Celestial Spheres,” etc. [Read More…]

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Heloise and Abelard by Etienne Gilson

One of the most famous romantic tragedies of the Middle Ages was also a historical event–the relationship of Heloise and Abelard. Abelard was a philosopher and theologian teaching in Paris during the early 1100s. He had a towering intellect with an ego to match. His career was highly successful and occasionally controversial. He was hired [Read More…]

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Review – The Lost Mandate of Heaven

Usually reading history I feel rather detached from it. The skill of the writer can bring it more to life to me or at least make me interested in the people and events. The usual detachment is not what I felt at all reading The Lost Mandate of Heaven: The American Betrayal of Ngo Dinh [Read More…]

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