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The active life, the contemplative life and the mixed life : a study of the three lives, with special reference to Walter Hilton

Pankhurst, Christopher Keith (1976) The active life, the contemplative life and the mixed life : a study of the three lives, with special reference to Walter Hilton. PhD thesis, University of York.

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Abstract

The writings of Walter Hilton, an Austin Canon, were widely disseminated during the late fourteenth century and" after. His ideas are therefore of importance in matters of late mediaeval spirituality, and an area of his beliefs, which is of considerable interest, concerns the type of religious experience which is available to lay people. In order to understand these beliefs, it is necessary to examine the history of the concepts of the active life, the contemplative life and the mixed life, because it is through the concept of the mixed life that much mediaeval thought on this subject is articulated. This study does not attempt a comprehensive examination of every writer who deals with these concepts, but makes a careful selection of those who are either representative of an attitude 0= a period, or who are important in their own right. S. Augustine of Hippo, S. Gregory the Great and S.Bernard of C1airvaux are major figures in this survey, as well as a number of other twelfth, thirteenth end fourteenth century writers.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of York > Centre for Medieval Studies (York)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.468119
Depositing User: EThOS Import (York)
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2016 17:17
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 17:17
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/14101

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