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Signs of Life: Images of the living world in Honorius Augustodunensis and Hildegard of Bingen

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posted on 18.07.2021, 23:28 by HANNAH ELLEN SKIPWORTH
This thesis explores how the natural world was understood in selected works by Augustinian canon, Honorius Augustodunensis (c. 1070-c. 1140) and the visionary Benedictine nun, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). Through the use of intellectual history and the principles of ecosemiotics, I demonstrate how Honorius and Hildegard understood the universe as a collection of signs that could illuminate the divine. I examine selections from their written works to draw out their shared appreciation for the universe, and how they diverged in aspects of their interpretation.


Principal supervisor

Constant Jan Mews

Additional supervisor 1

Kathleen Neal

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School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies


Master of Arts

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Faculty of Arts