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October 11: Fidei Defensor

Henry VIII (1521): Defender of the Faith It was on this date, October 11, 1521,* that Pope Leo X conferred the title Fidei Defensor, which is Latin for “Defender of the Faith,” on England’s King Henry VIII. That Medici pope,

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June 11: Ben Jonson

“Hood an ass with reverend purple,” wrote Jonson, “so you can hide his two ambitious ears, and he shall pass for a cathedral doctor.”

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February 6: Christopher Marlowe

“I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but ignorance,” wrote Marlowe in “The Jew of Malta.”

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John Mill