Grace Note

In Hildegard’s Shadow
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  • Published: August 2011
  • Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)
  • Pages: 300
  • Size: 5.5x8.5
  • ISBN: 9781462031238
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It is 1106 when an eight-year-old girl named Hildegard comes from Bingen in Germany to live with Lysanor of Rupertsberg. One of the girls will become a twenty-first-century saint and icon—a mystic, physician, teacher, and, most importantly, a composer. The other will make her mark on the world as a grace note—the woman in the shadow. As their lives intertwine, two vastly different girls begin to build a friendship that will eventually lead both into experiences they never could have imagined.

As music begins to fill Lysanor’s life, her instrument – the psaltery—and her new roommate, Hildegard, become her constant companions. Sent away by her parents to prepare for a life serving God, Hildegard speaks little; her weak body is ravaged by illness. Still, Lysanor perseveres in her quest to befriend Hildegard, and eventually convinces her to join her in playing music—lifting Hildegard’s spirits in the process. Little does Lysanor know that with her gentle prompting, she has set Hildegard on the path to her destiny.


is a tale rich in historical detail that allows others to imagine what really happened as Hildegard of Bingen slowly builds a reputation across churches, continents, and time—a reputation that late in the twentieth century will be called into question.

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