Thanks for visiting my site and welcome to the world of Hildegard of Meaux - sleuth, spy, Cistercian nun
and future abbess.
Hildegard was one of many strong, independent
women in the fourteenth century who lived a life
of power and influence.
The Order she chose was one of the wealthiest in
England due to its involvement in the European
Its abbots and prioresses were the
advisors of kings and princes.
It is this world
Hildegard inhabits after the death of her husband,
a knight in the service of the young King Richard II.
The threat of the Black Death was ever present.
The Hundred Years War still raged.
And plot and counter-plot to
remove Richard from the throne kept England on the edge of civil war.
Above all, terror at the approaching
Apocalypse stalked the land.
Welcome, then, to Hildegard's world.
DID YOU KNOW .....
Meaux: how to say it ...
Around the site where the great and famous Abbey of Meaux once stood people refer to it as Me-oos but in the south of England, following the pronunciation of the French mother House near Citeaux which gave the abbey its name, they say Mow to rhyme with hoe. I know which I prefer - but I leave it up to you!
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