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Hi Everyone.

Hildegard preached--by invitation--to audiences of clerics.  Catherine is
said to have preached to the rural laity, but the references are unclear.  See:
Sabina Flanagan, Hildegard of Bingen, 1098-1179:  A Visionary Life, 2nd ed.
(London, 1998), pp. 165-68

  Hildegard of Bingen, The Letters, trans. Joseph L. Baird and Radd K.
Ehrman, 2 vols.  (Oxford, 1994-98), vol. 2:  pp. 91-94 (these pages contain
the text of one of her sermons to the clergy)

Karen Scott, "St. Catherine of Siena, 'Apostola,'"  Church History 61
(1992):  34-46

Best, Megan








At 12:54 PM 1/21/2005 -0500, you wrote:
>medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
>
>I've just been reading the TMR review of Claire Waters' _Angels and
>Earthly Creatures_ and was struck by my ignorance of a point brought
>up: Hildegard of Bingen, Birgitta of Sweden, and Catherine of Siena
>are described as both "would-be women preachers" and "female
>preachers."  But I really don't know--did these women actually preach
>(as opposed to teach, talk, etc.)?  I am also a bit leery because of
>that shift in description from "would-be" to actual, but it's not
>clear if the shift occurs in the book or just the review, and even if
>"would-be" means Hildegard, Birgitta, and Catherine wanted to be or if
>the critic wanted them to be.
>
>--
>Juris G. Lidaka
>Dept. of English
>West Virginia State University
>Institute, WV 25112-1000
>USA
>
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Megan McLaughlin
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