Hildegard of Bingen

1098 - 1179

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Hildegard of Bingen (German: Hildegard von Bingen; Latin: Hildegardis Bingensis; c. 1098 – 17 September 1179), also known as Saint Hildegard and the Sibyl of the Rhine, was a German Benedictine abbess and polymath active as a writer, composer, philosopher, mystic, visionary, and as a medical writer and practitioner during the High Middle Ages. She is one of the best-known composers of sacred monophony, as well as the most recorded in modern history. She has been considered by scholars to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany.Hildegard's convent elected her as magistra (mother superior) in 1136. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hildegard of Bingen has received more than 3,130,322 page views. Her biography is available in 84 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 83 in 2019). Hildegard of Bingen is the 59th most popular religious figure (up from 61st in 2019), the 55th most popular biography from Germany (down from 50th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Religious Figure.

Hildegard of Bingen was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, and Christian mystic. She is considered to be the first female composer in Western history.

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Among religious figures, Hildegard of Bingen ranks 59 out of 2,238Before her are Anthony the Great, Anthony of Padua, Pope Clement VII, Luke the Evangelist, Benedict of Nursia, and Abu Hanifa. After her are Pope Alexander VI, Thomas the Apostle, Daniel, Pope Pius XI, Saint Valentine, and John Chrysostom.

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Among people born in 1098, Hildegard of Bingen ranks 1After her is Pietro Polani. Among people deceased in 1179, Hildegard of Bingen ranks 1After her are Odo de St Amand, Petrus Comestor, Antipope Callixtus III, Sancha of Castile, Queen of Navarre, and Erling Skakke.

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Among people born in Germany, Hildegard of Bingen ranks 55 out of 6,142Before her are Georg Ohm (1789), Thomas Mann (1875), Karl Benz (1844), Eva Braun (1912), Werner Heisenberg (1901), and Joseph Goebbels (1897). After her are William I, German Emperor (1797), Reinhard Heydrich (1904), Klemens von Metternich (1773), Heinrich Heine (1797), Jacques Offenbach (1819), and Gerd Müller (1945).


Among religious figures born in Germany, Hildegard of Bingen ranks 3Before her are Martin Luther (1483) and Pope Benedict XVI (1927). After her are Albertus Magnus (1206), Ambrose (340), Pope Joan (null), Philip Melanchthon (1497), Pope Clement II (1005), Pope Damasus II (1000), Thomas à Kempis (1380), Bruno of Cologne (1030), and Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774).