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Walter Hilton

Michael G. Sargent

in Medieval Studies

ISBN: 9780195396584
Published online June 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396584-0077
Walter Hilton

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Walter Hilton was a writer of English and Latin works of spiritual guidance who died as an Augustinian canon (canon regular) at Thurgarton in Nottinghamshire on 24 March 1396. In the 1370s and early 1380s Hilton wrote a series of Latin letters to a variety of recipients who had asked his advice on the contemplative life or on whether they should join religious orders. During the same period, he also wrote an English letter “Of Mixed Life” for a wealthy householder who also felt himself drawn to a life of contemplation, and (probably) the first book of The Scale of Perfection, for a woman who had recently been enclosed as an anchoress. The second book of The Scale was probably written considerably later. Although it addresses itself to the same reader as the first (who, its opening lines relate, had further questions about some of the material covered in Scale I), it is a considerably more sophisticated work theologically and appears to be aimed further beyond its original audience.

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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy ; Byzantine and Medieval Art (500 CE to 1400) ; Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Archaeology

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