The role of women was very different from the role they have nowadays. In those days, women were submissive to men, we mean they didn´t take part in any issue. During the inquisition, they were blamed for everything and accused of witchcraft .
Women could not even make decisions about their life, they didn´t decide whether they wanted to marry or not, since everything depended on their parents and husband. In exceptional cases in which women were emancipated, they were persecuted by society.
We can say that during the Inquisition in the Middle Ages, exchanges of cultures between different people from Europe were broken. The persecution of Jews and Arabs and all people who weren’t Christians, produced a decline in the world of culture .
Hildegard had a vision that changed the course of her life. A vision of god gave her instant understanding of the meaning of the religious texts, and commanded her to write down everything she would observe in her visions.