Book: Grace Note - In Hildegard's Shadow by P.J. Parsonscategories: Book, Hildegard of Bingen, Twelfth Century, Music History, Benedictine Nuns, Catholic Mystics, Historical Fiction
P.J. Parsonsabout this book: Grace Note: "A musical notation, usually written in a smaller size; of secondary importance."
Hildegard of Bingen: 12th century nun, mystic, healer, composer – perhaps the first woman in history to compose music. Or was she?
This is the story of two women, Hildegard and her childhood friend Lysanor of Rupertsberg, both ahead of their time in many ways. Hildegard becomes a twenty-first century saint and icon. The other is but a grace note – an embellishment of secondary importance. But their lives intertwine in ways that challenge both of them, taking them into experiences they could never have imagined. And both, in their own ways, have left a legacy to the generations that followed.
This is Lysanor's own story about her life – and the life of her friend, the mystic.
Grace Note is a meticulously researched work of historical fiction. Author P.J. Parsons is also the author of "In the Shadow of the Raven" which explores Edgar Allen Poe's mysterious demise.
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