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Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), Benedictine abbess
and polymath, composed an entire corpus of sacred music and wrote nine
books on subjects as diverse as theology, natural science, medicine,
and human sexuality—a prodigious intellectual outpouring that
put many of her male contemporaries to shame. Her prophecies earned
her the title Sibyl of the Rhine. An outspoken critic of political
and ecclesiastical corruption, she courted controversy and nearly died
an excommunicant. Her courage and originality of thought continue to
inspire people today.