Called the "Sibyl of the Rhine," the 12th Century Abbess Hildegard of Bingen won a remarkable reputation as a mystic, writer and diplomat in a time when women were rarely consulted about anything. She advised Bishops, Kings and the Pope himself. She wrote major treaties on theology, natural history and the healing power of plants and animals. She was also revered as a healer and for her many visions. He musical legacy is consisting of original monophonic settings of her religious poetry, usually in honor of saints and the Virgin Mary. Her music still has the power to move those who hear it.