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  • Record Number: 27563
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Higley , Sarah
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  • Title: Dressing up the Nuns: The “Lingua ignota” and Hildegard of Bingen’s Clothing [The author analyzes the words that Hildegard invented for women’s clothing in the “Lingua ignota.” The abbess placed an emphasis on hierarchy and order, marking the special status of virgins. Higley connects this to the crowns and floor-length veils worn by Hildegard’s nuns on feast days. The canoness Tenxwind wrote Hildegard complaining about this practice as immodest. Title note supplied by Feminae.]
  • Source: Medieval Clothing and Textiles 6, ( 2010): Pages 93 - 109.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Clothing Hildegard of Bingen, Abbess of Rupertsberg- Lingua Ignota Imaginary Languages Linguistics Monasticism Taxonomy Virginity Women Authors Women in Religion
  • Geographic Area: Germany
  • Century: 12
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  • Table: Two Tables. Table One Hildegard's taxonomy in the Lingua Ignota. Table Two Terms from the Lingua Ignota related to the women's dress.
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Rochester
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  • Year of Publication: 2010.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 17445787
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