Defender of the Faith


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Defender of the Faith

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the title conferred upon Henry VIII by Pope Leo X in 1521 in recognition of the King's pamphlet attacking Luther's doctrines and retained by subsequent monarchs of England. Latin term: Fidei Defensor
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Noun1.Defender of the Faith - a title that Leo X bestowed on Henry VIII and later withdrew; parliament restored the title and it has been used by English sovereigns ever since
form of address, title of respect, title - an identifying appellation signifying status or function: e.g. `Mr.' or `General'; "the professor didn't like his friends to use his formal title"
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We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereigne Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britaine, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c.
Conservative at the outset, Henry even attacked Luther in a pamphlet, which won from the Pope for himself and his successors the title 'Defender of the Faith.' But when the Pope finally refused Henry's demand for the divorce from Katharine of Spain, which would make possible a marriage with Anne Boleyn, Henry angrily threw off the papal authority and declared himself the Supreme Head of the Church in England, thus establishing the separate English (Anglican, Episcopal) church.
Henry VIII, the Defender of the Faith, seized upon the monastery and its possessions and hanged and tortured some of the monks who could not accommodate themselves to the pace of his reform.
The Defender of the Faith is a compelling historical novel whose characters are caught in the tidal sweep of modernizing India.
Prince Charles recently said that he will retain the monarch's title as the Defender of the Faith when he becomes king.
The final chapter, " The Presentation of the Emperor," deals with visual representations of Charles V, which cast him variously as the Defender of the Faith, a crusader, and the lancewielding miles Christi.
Nathan Marx must become the defender of the faith, and the reader must now come to understand both the protagonist of the story and the "faith" that he is defending.
1521: Pope Leo X conferred the title of Defender of the Faith on Henry VIII in recognition of his writings against Reformation attacks on the Seven Sacraments.
A major figure of Catholicism before the reformation, Frederick the Wise was both a defender of the faith and a defender of those who would challenge it.
But the real reason for keeping bishops is that if they went the Monarchy could eventually go with them.Without bishops in Parliament the Church might separate from the State, bringing the Queen's role as head of the C of E and Defender of the Faith into question.
According to The Telegraph,, this move by Charles, who turns 60 today, would mean the monarch, as Supreme Governor of the Church of England, would no longer be known as Defender of the Faith for the first time since the reign of Henry VIII.
Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of her other realms and territories, Queen, head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, Her Majesty Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of Windsor