Gisela of Bingen

Waldensian Doctor

Description:
ChaseCombatParleySubterfuge
Boat Aim Command Hide
Climb Brawl Deceive Hunt
Dash Fend Entice Sense
Ride Heal Perform Sneak
Swim Strike Will Steal

Tools

Traveling clothes
Prayer rope
Chirurgeon’s kit
Bandages
Knife
Hard shoes
Purse

Backgrounds

Loquar, legere et scribere
Bio:

A Likeness of the Earth

In the year of Our Lord 1165, the sisters at Rupertsburg discovered an orphan and named her Gisela. The abbess there was the famous Hildegard of Bingen, who tutored the girl. She studied the abbess’s works on medicine, which saw human health reflected in gardening and the spiritual state of the world. Gisela sees medicine as a holy and spiritual practice, grounded in faith, and God’s revelation as a liberating force that shines upon men and women, rich and poor, Jew and Gentile alike. After all, Gisela says, echoing the early Church fathers, Creation itself is the only gospel that the Lord wrote with His own hand.

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Student of Salerno

When she turned 13, Hildegard sent Gisela to the Schola Medica Salernitana in Salerno. A year later, Hidlegard died, but Gisela received the very best medical training in Europe, which the school taught to both men and women.

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Waldensian Doctor

Abbess Hildegard spoke out against the growing corruption in the Church and simonists. Gisela heard echoes of that in the preaching of the Poor of Lyons. Though she charges the rich as much as she can, she is known to give lavishly to charity, and treats the poor without any expectation of payment. When Pope Urbanus III issued Ad abolendam in 1184, a bull condemning Waldo and his followers as heretics, and any who aided heretics as heretics, Gisela did not disavow them. Like many of her brothers and sisters, Gisela sees her faith as true Christianity. The more the Church persecutes them, the more they suspect that the Pope does not speak for Christ. Some even have dared to suggest that he may speak for a different power. Gisela, too, entertains such thoughts.

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A Short Personal History of Gisela’s Learning

  • Learned Entice, Heal, and Will from Hildegard of Bingen
  • Learned Command, Heal, and Will from Trota of Salerno
  • Learned Brawl, Dash, and Sense from Aythe the Midwife
  • Currently learning Hunt from Father Albrecht of Liederscheidt

Gisela of Bingen

Sic Semper Erat giulianna