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Ownership Inscription, In Richard Rolle Of Hampole's 'The Mending Of Life'

Ownership Inscription, In Richard Rolle Of Hampole's 'The Mending Of Life'

Medium: Ink on vellum

Date: 1400

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Faustina A V

Item number: f.13r

Length: 23.8

Width: 16.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Richard Rolle (c.1300-c.1349), born at Thornton in Yorkshire, became a hermit at Hampole, a few miles north-west of Doncaster, and remained there until his death. He wrote a number of spiritual works including this treatise on how to reform one's life, which was translated from Latin into English with the title 'The Mending Of Life'. In the lower margin is an abbreviated Latin ownership inscription: 'The booklet of the monastery of St. Mary, Fountains'. This text occupies only twelve leaves, and although it is now bound with other items, it presumably used to exist on its own, hence the word 'booklet' instead of 'book'.

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