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