Thomas Brunce

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Thomas Brunce
Bishop of Norwich
Appointed 19 September 1437
Term ended 6 December 1445
Predecessor William Alnwick
Successor Walter Hart
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
Personal details
Born c. 1388
Died 6 December 1445
Hoxne, Suffolk
Denomination Roman Catholic
Parents William Brunce
Alma mater Oxford University (possibly New College)

Thomas Brunce[a] (c. 1388 – 6 December 1445) was a 15th-century Bishop of Rochester and then Bishop of Norwich.


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.[citation needed] He also undertook diplomatic missions on the Continent for King Henry V.[1] In 1427 he was collated Archdeacon of Berkshire[citation needed] and in 1429 was elected Bishop of Chichester, although the latter position was given to Simon Sydenham instead.[2] He was Dean of Salisbury (since 1431) when, Pope Eugene IV wanted to make him Bishop of Worcester on 24 September 1433,[3] but King Henry VI of England had other ideas and he was made Bishop of Rochester instead on 21 February 1435.[4]

Brunce was consecrated on 1 May 1435.[4] On 19 September 1437, he was transferred to the see of Norwich,[5] where he is remembered for upholding the rights of the Cathedral over the townsfolk and for erecting the great rood loft.[1] He died on 6 December 1445[5] at the Episcopal manor of Hoxne in Suffolk.


  1. ^ Sometimes Brouns, or incorrectly Brown


  1. ^ a b Ford, David Nash. "Thomas Brunce". Royal Berkshire History. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  2. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 239
  3. ^ Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 279
  4. ^ a b Fryde, et al. Handbook of British Chronology p. 268
  5. ^ a b 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
Preceded by
John Rickingale
Bishop of Chichester
Succeeded by
Simon Sydenham
Preceded by
Thomas Polton
Bishop of Worcester
Succeeded by
Thomas Bourchier
Preceded by
John Langdon
Bishop of Rochester
Succeeded by
William Wells
Preceded by
William Alnwick
Bishop of Norwich
Succeeded by
Walter Hart