Designs for living and dying
in Catholic England
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Walter Hilton's Epistle appears a more intense piece, certainly more directly addressed to the reader, and also more advanced in its demands. Hilton's tract on The Mixed Life, probably written even before he entered Thurgarton, shares some of the devotional and spiritual characteristics of the Scale, but operates as an 'eminently practical manual'. Both The Abbey of the Holy Ghost and The Book of the Craft of Dying share other characteristics. The Book of the Craft of Dying ties in a whole range of authorities, ranging from the Bible, through Augustine and Gregory, to Jean Gerson, the chancellor of the University of Paris at the anniversary of fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The Abbey of the Holy Ghost operates at a very general level of analogy, providing essentially moralistic advice which at times may seem platitudinous.

Catholic England

Faith, religion and observance before the Reformation

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