Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098 – 1179) was a German writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath. Among her many works is reference to a lingua ignota, or unknown language, that she apparently invented for her own mystical purposes. What survives in writing is an alternative alphabet, a couple of partial glossaries, and sporadic use of isolated words within otherwise normal Latin text. Apparently Hildegard’s community was aware of her secret language, but it’s not clear how it was used or that anyone other than Hildegard herself ever used it.
I have been an admirer of Hildegard’s music, her visionary art, and her interesting story for many years. I recently happened across the information about her lingua ignota and an image of her alternative alphabet glyphs. Coincidentally, I also became aware of a free online service called MyScriptFont.com that provides a TrueType font created from your own handwriting. On a whim and . . . → Read More: Lingua Ignota (an unknown language)