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15 minutes of fame: Hildegard of Bingen, medieval polymath

Janina Ramirez explains why medieval polymath Hildegard of Bingen deserves recognition today

Published: June 27, 2022 at 3:52 pm
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It’s the HistoryExtra podcast’s 15th birthday! To celebrate, we’ve asked 15 historians to nominate a figure from history they think deserves their ‘15 minutes of fame’. In this episode, Dr Janina Ramirez nominates Hildegard of Bingen. Speaking with Emily Briffett, she explains why this 12th-century abbess, composer, scientist, writer and saint deserves to be better remembered today.



Dr Janina RamirezHistorian and author

Janina Ramirez is an Oxford lecturer, BBC broadcaster, author and researcher. She has presented and written more than 30 hours of BBC history documentaries on TV and radio. Her books include Femina: A New History of the Middle Ages, Through the Women Written Out of it (WH Allen, 2022)


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