|The Right Reverend
|Bishop of Norwich|
|Church||Church of England|
|Diocese||Diocese of Norwich|
|Term ended||1549 (resignation)|
|Other posts||Abbot of St Benet's Abbey (1530–1539)|
|Alma mater||Gonville Hall, Cambridge|
He was a Doctor of Divinity of Gonville Hall, Cambridge in 1513. The Carthusian Thomas Spencer (died 1529) wrote A Trialogus between Thomas Bilney, Hugh Latimer and William Repps, in which Rugg appears to balance two reformers.
He was one of the authors of The Bishops' Book of 1537. A theological conservative, he was one of the group trying, without success, to have the Book include material defending pilgrimages. He disputed publicly with Robert Watson, an early evangelical Protestant, in 1539, on the topic of free will.
He resigned his diocese in 1549. Reasons given are financial problems, and royal anger at his sloth in opposing Kett's Rebellion (which may have amounted to sympathy). Gilbert Burnet claimed that the see was needed as place to move Thomas Thirlby, bishop of Westminster, so that Nicholas Ridley could be translated from Rochester, to become bishop of London. Rugge had in fact long been a thorn in Thomas Cranmer's flesh, and after Kett was put down he was eased out in disgrace, but pardoned and pensioned off.
- "Rugg, William (RG508W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Attribution by Bale: Robert W. Dunning, The West-Country Carthusians p. 37. Christopher Harper-Bill (editor), Religious Belief and Ecclesiastical Careers in Late Medieval England: Proceedings of the Conference Held at Strawberry Hill, Easter, 1989 (1991).
- Concise Dictionary of National Biography
- David Knowles, The Religious Orders in England (1979 edition), p. 390.
- Diarmaid MacCulloch, Cranmer (1997), p. 190.
- (PDF), p. 59.
- Gilbert Burnet, The History of the Reformation of the Church of England (1829), p. 309.
- Diarmaid MacCulloch, Cranmer (1997), p. 456-7.
|Church of England titles|
|Bishop of Norwich