Herrad of Hohenbourg: A Synthesis of Learning in The Garden of Delights
This chapter compares the Speculum virginum to the Hortus Deliciarum of Herrad of Hohenbourg, a treatise that provides a visual synthesis of scholastic theology, drawn from both reason and scripture. The Hortus pays less emphasis to bridal imagery than the Speculum, but rather is much more concerned to incorporate the arguments of some very recent authors.The Speculum may have provided a precedent in provoking communities of religious women to develop a distinct visual culture.The difference between the Speculum and the Hortus illustrates a profound shift in sensibility that took place within the twelfth century. The Hortus shows what can happen when a woman is no longer simply the disciple but herself becomes the teacher.
KeywordsThirteenth Century Religious Life Twelfth Century Reform Movement Textual Extract
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