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I gather him to have been Dr. in Divinity, because in the Titles of his Writings for the most part he is honoured with the name of Mr. A man eminent for piety and learning; and according to his rule (which he left 2trictly ob2erved) always 27 EEBO’s copy is from the British Library. There is no reference to a T. R. 39 attentive to the aßiduous Contemplation of divine matters. Which thing, though all Authors should have been 2ilent in, yet his writings would have 2ufficiently proclaimed, and the very title of his Tractates extant do evidence.
Hilton may not have written the Scale for Julian specifically, but his 43 anonymous anchoress may have been much like Julian was upon her enclosure. More importantly, while Scale I can best be described as advice for enclosure, the Revelations represents an answer from the cell. 44 CHAPTER III TELLING TALES: THE CONSTRUCTION OF JULIAN’S PERSONA AND TEXT IN HER MEDIEVAL VERSIONS AND SERENUS CRESSY’S 1670 REVELATIONS Julian of Norwich was one of the most fascinating and important spiritual writers of the late Middle Ages, but she was not printed until the latter half of the seventeenth century.
The similarities of these texts may have been too overwhelming, perhaps, to tempt the eyes of new purchasers, and de Worde may have been trying to increase his book sales. His edition looked different than prior imprints. Moreover, Passion meditations were still en vogue and, as previously discussed, Hilton promotes them as a way to reform the soul, however subtly. 4: Title page of Hilton’s Scale of Perfection, STC 14044 The adage—“The greatest comfort in al temptacyon is the rem4braunce of cry1tes pa11yon”—designates a new shift in perspective whereby de Worde reveals a deeper understanding of the Scale’s principles.