English: Hortus deliciarum, a medieval manuscript including music, poetry, and symbolic illustrations, from the 12th century – begun ‘Hortus deliciarum’ is truly a garden of delights, a recital of mainly 12th-century pieces, planned by Marie-Noël Colette and Brigitte Lesne and performed. The Hortus Deliciarum is a large compilation of texts from Biblical, traditional and theological sources to treat the history of the world from creation to its final.

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However, the sentiment is sincere, the lines are musical and admirably adapted to the purpose for which they were intended; namely, the service of God by song.

The following is an excerpt from her introduction to Hortus Deliciarum, sent to her religious superior. Unlike those still living with their bodies open to the pleasures of the world, like the Leviathan monster with his mouth gaping wide in the large folio 84 recto image, the virgins sacrificed these pleasures through their lives of enclosure.

However, through these seven, her voice can be discerned throughout the entire collection. In medieval Europe the image of womankind was either Virgin Mary-like or that of an evil seductive temptress.

Wealthy women could expect to be married off for their family’s political gain, often dying in childbirth.

Hortus Deliciarum – On Art and Aesthetics

If one looks closely, there is more at stake in these images of Christ, his predecessors, and a monster. Copyright Office delicisrum January 1, She was tasked to institute needed reforms, and Herrad was a nun there at that time.

Articles incorporating a citation from the Catholic Encyclopedia with Wikisource reference Articles with French-language feliciarum links.

If you want to show your support for the hard work we do to feature underground music on a daily basis, please consider turning your AdBlock off. Two songs survive with music intact: The following other wikis use this file: She was obviously bright and intelligent with no illusions about the contradictory nature of life as a woman….

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Previous Post Previous Post. She possessed great artistic ability, thought, and leadership. Her book, Hortus Deliciarum Deliciarkm of Delightis a compendium of all the sciences studied at that time, including theology.

The technique of some of the illustrations has been very much admired hortuus in almost every instance they show an artistic imagination which is rare in Herrad’s contemporaries. This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons. Inthe manuscript was burnt deliciarrum destroyed when the library housing it in Strasbourg was bombed during a siege on the city.

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Herrad writes that she considers her community to be a congregation gathered together to serve God by singing the divine praises.

Hortus deliciarum – Wikipedia

Gramophone’s expert reviews easier than ever before. The Hortus Deliciarum was a unique educational tool for women, bringing the old and new theological and scientific thought to the those within the monastery walls, allowing even the youngest novice and lay woman remarkably good education and guidance for meditation and monastic life.

It is the first encyclopedia that was evidently written by a woman. The manuscript contained at least 20 song texts, all of which were originally notated with music. The Hortus deliciarum contains poems written by Herrad, most of which are accompanied by music. Looking at the image of the dual Christ conquering the Leviathan on folio 84 recto, the modern reader may be perplexed over the image of the two Christs, particularly when one is dangling over the mouth of the Leviathan monster.

Hortus deliciarum

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After Mary is confirmed to be free of worldly semen, we find another text evoking the importance of enclosed spaces, or untouched wombs. The abbey became the safe environment where girls were able to receive education, whether as a lay student or toward the taking of vows. The text continues to explain that each sphere can be conquered through personal effort, but another vice-sphere will pop up in place of the defeated vice.


Under her leadership, the monastery adopted the Augustinian Rule, and in time St. Learn how to subscribe by visiting their website. Herrad’s life inspired Penelope Johnson, who highlighted Herrad’s contemporary themes in her book, Equal in Monastic Profession: Commons is a freely licensed media file repository. This devotional and encyclopedic teaching manual had both words and pictures to provide an advanced theological education for the learned nuns, and an aid to meditation for the less learned novices and lay students.

Herrad was an Alsatian nun of noble birth and abbess of Hohenburg Abbey in the Vosges mountains.

Virgin Sacrifice in the 12th century: The Hortus Deliciarum

In other words, they cultivated a discipline which involved denying themselves worldly pleasures in order to pursue the fruits of a spiritual life. These works are well regarded. By using this site, you agree to the Terms hortuw Use and Privacy Policy.

When you look to the Latin texts on folio 83 verso, the first text is De sancta Mariaor On Holy Marywhich firmly drives home the fact that when Mary was impregnated by the Holy Spirit, deliciaruk received semen-like bits of flesh sementivam. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hortus deliciarum. After having been preserved for centuries at the Hohenburg Abbey, the manuscript of Hortus Deliciarum passed into the municipal Library of Strasbourg about the time of the French Revolution.