|Bishop of Norwich|
|Appointed||19 September 1437|
|Term ended||6 December 1445|
|Other posts||Bishop of Rochester (1435–1437)
Bishop of Worcester-elect (1433)
Dean of Salisbury (1431–1435)
Bishop of Chichester-elect (1429)
|Consecration||1 May 1435|
|Died||6 December 1445
|Alma mater||Oxford University (possibly New College)|
Brunce was the son of William Brunce of Brunce's Court in Sutton Courtenay in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire). He studied at Oxford, possibly at New College, where he became friends with Thomas Beckington (later Bishop of Bath and Wells).
Brunce entered the Church and held a number of posts in Lincolnshire, being collated Archdeacon of Stow in 1419. He also undertook diplomatic missions on the Continent for King Henry V. In 1427 he was collated Archdeacon of Berkshire and in 1429 was elected Bishop of Chichester, although the latter position was given to Simon Sydenham instead. He was Dean of Salisbury (since 1431) when, Pope Eugene IV wanted to make him Bishop of Worcester on 24 September 1433, but King Henry VI of England had other ideas and he was made Bishop of Rochester instead on 21 February 1435.
Brunce was consecrated on 1 May 1435. On 19 September 1437, he was transferred to the see of Norwich, where he is remembered for upholding the rights of the Cathedral over the townsfolk and for erecting the great rood loft. He died on 6 December 1445 at the Episcopal manor of Hoxne in Suffolk.
- Sometimes Brouns, or incorrectly Brown
- Ford, David Nash. "Thomas Brunce". Royal Berkshire History. Retrieved 2008-11-15.
- Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 239
- Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 279
- Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 268
- Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 262
- Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I. (1996). Handbook of British Chronology (Third revised ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Bishop of Chichester
|Bishop of Worcester
|Bishop of Rochester
|Bishop of Norwich