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Hilton, Walter,

d. 1396, English religious writer, an Austin canon of Thurgarton, Nottinghamshire. His spiritual treatise The Scale of Perfection (ed. by Evelyn Underhill, 1923) is a general manual for holy living. Although it was addressed to a Carthusian recluse, it became popular among English laymen before the Reformation. Hilton also composed a shorter Treatise Written to a Devout Man. His mysticism, typically English, resembles that of Richard Rolle of HampoleRolle of Hampole, Richard
, c.1300–c.1349, English religious writer, a Yorkshire hermit. He wrote mainly in Latin, but his English works are important for the history of the language.
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See studies by J. E. Milosh (1966) and P. Hodgson (rev. ed. 1967).

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depicts Walter Hilton as the paradigm of traditional Western Augustinian mysticism, especially in its ability to adapt to a changed world in which an educated laity was becoming a major audience for mystical literature.
But Wyclif pushed the implications of metaphysical realism along a trajectory of affective piety that connects his thought to a number of late medieval "Augustinians" for whom spiritual "purity," as Levy puts it (52), (or "holiness of thought and work," as both Walter Hilton and Chaucer describe it) is deeply determinative of reliability in one's intellectual vision.
In Popular Piety and Art in the Later Middle Ages Kathleen Kamerick addresses many of the most important issues which the veneration (usually not the worship) of certain religious images exposed, issues which engaged idol-smashing Lollard preachers as well as more orthodox thinkers like the Dominican Roger Dymmok (influenced and informed by Aquinas) and perceptive churchmen like Walter Hilton.
It was later discovered that the late Walter Hilton - who died three years ago - had been born in Bristol, rendering the player's "Scottishness" invalid.
But now the 29-year-old admits he is shattered after discovering the late Walter Hilton was born in Bristol - just like his grandson.
They are Richard Rolle of Hampole and The Fire of Love; Walter Hilton and The Ladder of Perfection; Dame Julian of Norwich and Revelations of Divine Love; and an unknown author and The Cloud of Unknowing.
She begins by juxtaposing the views on "proper image worship" of the Dominican Roger Dymmock and the Augustinian Walter Hilton with the critique by Lollards of any attention to religious images.
To his horror he found that rather than being born in Edinburgh, as the family had thought, his grand- father Walter Hilton was born in Bristol.
She studies in turn (and closely studies their texts), fourteenth-century Richard Rolle and Walter Hilton writing for women recluses, the unknown author of The Cloud of Unknowing writing for a Carthusian novice, and East Anglian Julian and Margery's books of showings, or revelations, written for women and men everywhere.
But in the wake of 'Grannygate' in Wales, Hilton's inquiries have uncovered the shocking truth that the late Walter Hilton hailed from Bristol.
In The Medieval Mystical Tradition in England, John Clark explores the links between late fourteenth-century Cambridge theology and contemporary English mystics; Tarjei Park compares the role of the body in Walter Hilton and in Julian of Norwich, contrasting Hilton's distrust of the flesh with Julian's 'integrationist physicalism' (p.