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Spring 2006


Between roughly the years 1050 and 1500, a flowering of new spiritual expressions, forms and ideas took root in western Europe. One of these was mysticism,. the belief that one can achieve direct consciousness of (and connection with) the divine through contemplation, intuition and meditation. The compelling stories and writings of medieval female mystics such as Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) and Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) offer unique ideas, images and topics for German, Italian and Latin language instruction.