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St. Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard von Bingen -- or Hildegard of Bingen, in English -- was a true Renaissance woman, which is a bit ironic since she lived a full two centuries before the Renaissance began. Her feast day is today, September 17.

Saint Hildegard, now one of the only four women Doctors of the Catholic church, was gifted in art, cooking, herbology, music composition, writing, and medicine. She was given "visions" (though she experienced them in all five senses) and instructions from God throughout her life starting when she was three years old.

Lifetime: 1098 to 1179
Region: Roman Empire (current-day Germany)
Patronages (informal): Artists; Musicians; Cooks; Creativity
Iconograpy: Book & quill; Harp; Plants; Flame upon her head
Feast Day: September 17

Frankly, it's hard to write about Hildegard because she did so much. Her beer recipe is the oldest known recipe to contain hops. Her collection of "spice that bring joy" are now key ingredients in the increasingly pervasive Pum…