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Oct 11

October 11: Fidei Defensor

Henry VIII

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, whose profligate spending and perverse pleasures were the outrage of Rome, was a staunch opponent …

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Jan 01

January 1: Huldrych Zwingli

Huldrych Zwingli (in 1531)

From 1522 he cohabited with Anna Reinhard, producing four children, with no discernable diminution of Zwingli’s ecclesiastical effectiveness.

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