Defender of the Faith

  1. 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
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  • Church of Constantinople was still strong, as is shown by the great work of S. Theodore of the S.udium, famous as a hymn-writer, a liturgiologist, and a defender of the faith. The Church and the Barbarians Being an Outline of the History of the Church from A.D. 461 to A.D. 1003
  • _Fidei Defensor_, or Defender of the Faith, a title which he jealously bore until his death, and which his successors, the sovereigns of Great Britain, with like humor have continued to bear ever since. A Political and Social History of Modern Europe V.1.
  • Shea is an outstanding writer and a helluva defender of the faith.
  • Elizabeth the second, 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.
  • Pope Leo X was highly pleased with it and conferred upon the king the title of Fidei Defensor (Defender of the Faith), which is maintained to this day as part of the royal style of the English Crown. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability
  • Akbar paid the price in an abortive rebellion by his son, claiming to be a defender of the faith.
  • Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas Queen, Defender of the Faith.
  • The prince will one day become the supreme governor of the Church of England and Defender of the Faith so the regularisation of his domestic arrangements has been troubling the church for some time.
  • Hume could scarcely suffer the fate of Andrew Lang, and be hailed as a new defender of the faith.
  • ‘No, it is absolutely unscriptural,’ he answered, ‘and for an outstanding ‘defender of the faith’ it is indeed a strange performance.’
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