Anthony Rudd

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Anthony Rudd (c.1549-1615) was a Welsh bishop.


He graduated B.A. from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1567, and M.A. in 1570.[1]

He became Dean of Gloucester in 1584, and Bishop of St. David's in 1594. In 1596 he preached a celebrated sermon before Elizabeth I at Richmond Palace, in which he made extensive allusions to her approaching old age (she was 63 in 1596, and he made play of this as the astrology, on his text “O teach us to number our days”) and physical signs of it. Thomas Fuller in his Church History of Britain claims that this sermon, and a later one in 1602, offended the Queen, one of his sources being Sir John Harrington's account. Anecdotally John Whitgift is supposed to have led Rudd on to preach plainly, and Rudd lost the succession as Archbishop of Canterbury by so doing, but Whitgift survived Elizabeth in any case.[2][3]

He attended the Hampton Court Conference of 1604; he was sympathetic to Puritanism.[4]

Tomb of Anthony Rudd, Bishop of St. David's (c.1549-1615) and Anne Rudd, St Cathe's Church at Llangathen, Carmarthenshire, Wales.

He is buried in the church at Llangathen, where his wife erected a “bedstead” tomb.[5] Rudd had acquired adjacent property at Aberglasney.[6][7]


The early English comedy Misogonus has been attributed to him, without complete certainty. It was acted at Trinity College between 1568 and 1574.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Rudd, Anthony (RT562A)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ James Doelman, King James I and the Religious Culture of England (2000), note p. 158.
  3. ^ Thomas Fuller, The church history of Britain, from the birth of Jesus Christ until the year MDCXLVIII (1842 edition) vol. 3, p. 263, online text
  4. ^ Anthony Milton, Catholic and Reformed: The Roman and Protestant Churches in English Protestant Thought, 1600-1640 (2002), p. 21.
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-07. Retrieved 2009-02-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  8. ^ Lester E. Barber, Misogonus (1979)
  9. ^ Ian Ousby, The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English (1993), p. 635.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Marmaduke Middleton
Bishop of St David's
Succeeded by
Richard Milbourne