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Richardis of Stade

12th c German abbess with whom Hildegard of Bingen had a passionate and jealous friendship.

LHMP entry

Schibanoff’s article explores the close emotional relations between 12th century abbess Hildegard of Bingen and Richardis of Stade, a younger noblewoman who became a nun under her. Their relationship led to conflict when Richardis left to become abbess at a different institution and Hildegard went to great lengths to try to arrange for her return.

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