|Saint Rosendo in Cuba|
|Beardless at the San Salvator Monastery, Galicia|
Sources agree about most of his career, but the there are some points of contention. No one disagrees that he was the governor of Celanova, and then promoted to be the governor of Galicia. In this role, he led an army against both the Moorish and Norman invaders. Here's one of the points of contention. Most of the sources say that the King fired the previous governor of Galacia and bishop of Iria Flavia, Rudesind's cousin Sisnand, replacing him with Rudesind. Wikipedia says without citation that Bishop Sisnand, the warlord of Galicia, was killed in battle against the Norsemen (Normans). Of course, the author of that entry describes the See as Santiago de Compostela, which is not quite true. That holy shrine is within the See, but it was officially Iria Flavia at that time.
The discrepancy about Sisnand is no minor point. In all the other accounts, he was imprisoned by the King but escaped following a regime change. He stormed his cousin's cathedral and demanded that Rudesind resign. Faced with death or imprisonment, Rudesind set down the crozier and walked out. Had he chosen the sword, or even captivity, he would no doubt be hailed as a martyr. Instead, he retired to one of the monasteries he had founded, serving as its abbot.
Had the ultimatum he faced been over an article of faith, martyrdom would not have been an inappropriate choice. Since it was merely a question of a ring, a chair, a staff, and a hat, walking away is the right call.