Fidei Defensor


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Fidei Defensor

(ˈfaɪdɪˌaɪ dɪˈfɛnsɔː)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) defender of the faith; a title given to Henry VIII by Pope Leo X, and appearing on Brit coins as FID DEF or FD
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It was issued on 1 November 1517 by Leo X, the pope who was to appoint Henry VIII fidei defensor a few years later, and the king received between a quarter to a third of the proceeds.
The last act of persuasion is an appeal to Henry VIII in his role of fidei defensor for support in unmasking corrupt pardoners and promoting reform of ecclesiastical abuses.
40) seem to connect the Pardoner's claim to royal protection not to the writ 'under hys brode seale' that he explicitly mentions, but to Henry VIII's presumably orthodox position on indulgences as fidei defensor.