Introduction Hildegard’s Language As Vineyard and Edifice

  • Sarah L. Higley
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


In a golden reliquary at Rüdesheim on the Rhine lie the only remains of the famous German mystic Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179): her heart and, most significantly for this study, her tongue. The word Lingua is prominently displayed at the bottom of folio 461v of Wiesbaden’s Riesencodex as a lemma for her fifty-ninth invented word—Ranzgia, either “tongue” or “language”—in a curious text referred to as the Lingua Ignota.


Golden Reliquary Mystical Vision Language Creation Language Invention Personal Language 
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