Walter Hilton (d. 24 March 1396) was an English Augustinian mystic. Little is known of his life. He was the head of a house of Augustinian Canons at Thurgarton Priory, in Nottinghamshire. His spiritual writings were widely influential during the fifteenth century in England.
The Ladder (or Scale) of Perfection is universally regarded as the most complete, lucid, and balanced treatise on the interior life that the late Middle Ages produced. The heart of Hilton’s teaching is that the answer to the spiritual difficulties that times of change and violent unrest throw up is to adapt the Church’s spiritual teaching to the life of the Christian in the world.