Richard Knapwell was born around 1240. His name suggests that he probably came from Knapwell in Cambridgeshire, but nothing is known about the early years of his life. He was a Dominican friar and studied theology at Oxford. Around the year 1280 he lectured on Peter Lombard's Sentences (commenting on the Sentences was a mandatory requirement for becoming a Master in Theology). Notabilia on the first book of the Sentences are extant in a single manuscript. In 1284 Knapwell finally became a Regent Master of Theology at Oxford.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.