A Story of Hildegard of Bingen
Hildegard agonizes over the origin of her visions. Is God speaking to her? Does she dare share her secret? In 12th century Germany, she could be declared heretic and burned at the stake. Enduring a beginning unimaginable to today’s teens, Hildegard strains against the ascetic lifestyle of Jutta, her mentor nun. Relationships with Volmar, her monk tutor and Richardis, her daughter nun, bring joy to Hildegard. But does she allow herself to love them too much?
In a life fraught with challenges, Hildegard emerges as the most dynamic 12th century female voice. She fights for the nun she loves, moves her community to build a new monastery and defies an archbishop’s command to dig up a dead man. Feathers and Trumpets chronicles the life of the recently named saint and Doctor of the Church against the backdrop of a rich tapestry we know as the Middle Ages.
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Listen to Joyce reading an excerpt from Feathers & Trumpets, Chapter 3, “Seven Times Daily,” accompanied by harpist De Luna.
Feathers & Trumpets received the 2014 Moonbeam Silver medal award for Young Adult Fiction – Religion & Spirituality
Feathers & Trumpets received the 2015 ILLUMINATION Silver Medal Book Award for Young Adult Fiction.