Richard Rolle (c.1300-1349), 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, in Latin and Middle English, including a treatise on the 'Crafte of Deying', concerning how one should prepare oneself for death. This manuscript was owned by at least two late-medieval women from Barking, in Essex. At the end of the text of the manuscript is a rubric in Middle English: 'Here endith the pistle [i.e. epistle, or letter] of holy Sussanne', followed by two ownership inscriptions in Latin, the first contemporary with the manuscript, the second added later: 'Iste liber constat Matilde Hayle de Berkinge' (This book belongs to Matilda Hayle of Barking), and 'Iste liber constat D. Marie Hastynges de Berkynge' (This book belongs to Lady Mary Hastings of Barking).