Dr. Amanda Foreman analyses Hildegard of Bingen, in furthering female rights in the Medieval church. The context of her work and its nature are examined and assessed. The male domination of the twelfth century Christian faith is first established to give context for Hildegard’s challenges. From this premise we visit the monastery Hildegard founded in Eibingen, and we follow studies of her writing and conversation with nuns today. Hildegard’s use of language and letters to campaign was a key feature of her work and her aims are also assessed with some humour by Amanda and a nun today.

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After viewing the clip students could discuss and consider how far Hildegard’s ideas and aims have been fulfilled in modern Britain in both a secular and religious context.