The Scale of Perfection / Edition 1

The Scale of Perfection / Edition 1

by Walter Hilton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 158044069X

ISBN-13: 9781580440691

Pub. Date: 02/01/2001

Publisher: Medieval Institute Publications

Walter Hilton's The Scale of Perfection maintains a secure place among the major religious treatises composed in fourteenth-century England. This guide to the contemplative life, written in two books of more than 40,000 words each, is notable for its careful explorations of its religious themes and also as a monument of Middle English prose. Its popularity is attested

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Walter Hilton's The Scale of Perfection maintains a secure place among the major religious treatises composed in fourteenth-century England. This guide to the contemplative life, written in two books of more than 40,000 words each, is notable for its careful explorations of its religious themes and also as a monument of Middle English prose. Its popularity is attested by the fact that some forty-two manuscripts containing one or both of the books survive, with a relatively large number of manuscipts with Book I alone, which suggests it may have been the more popular of the two. Hilton (born c. 1343) was a member of the religious order known as the Augustinian Canons. There is reason to believe that be was trained in canon law and studied at the University of Cambridge. He was the author of a number of works in English and Latin, all much shorter than The Scale. He died at the Augustinian Priory of Thurgarton in Nottinghamshire in 1396. On the basis of the content of certain of his works it can be safely inferred that he was actively involved in some of the religious controversies current in England in the 1380s and 1390s, and his principal concern, evident in The Scale , is to defend orthodox belief, especially in the conduct of the contemplative life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580440691
Publisher:
Medieval Institute Publications
Publication date:
02/01/2001
Series:
TEAMS Middle English Texts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Select Bibliography Table of Contents The Scale of Perfection Book I Book II Textual Notes Glossary

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