The thing about doing research in Hildegard is that a lot of the stuff out there is plain corny. They find in Hildegard's vision something personally spiritually satisfying, which is fine for them, but I wish they would keep it out of their scholarship. She is a mystic, championed by feminists, championed by neo-hippies; her disappearance from history until the 19th century is wept over; the ruins of her convent visited so that one can just feel the environment that produced her visions.
Give me a break.
I think there is a lot about Hildegard's life that is very interesting. One thing: we know her dates exactly. That's pretty cool for someone in the 12th c. And there is a lot of really good scholarship that I can consult. It's just that strand of freaky lovers of Hildegard that gets on my nerves.