He supported uniformity of Anglican doctrine and worship, and strong government. This led him into conflict with John Robinson, later pastor to the Mayflower emigrants. Nicholas Bownd dedicated to him a work on doctrine of Sabbath.
He was educated at Queens" College, Cambridge, where he graduated Bachelor of Arts and became a Fellow in 1572, and was then at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he became Master in 1590.
His pupils included both Roger and Francis Manners, Earls of Rutland. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, from 1596 to 1598.
As Vice-Chancellor he attempted to discipline John Rudd. He became Dean of Norwich in 1601, with the recommendation of John Whitgift.
Two years later he was appointed as Bishop there.
He resided in Aylsham.