Tag Archive: William Shakespeare

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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Jun 11

June 11: Ben Jonson

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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Feb 06

February 6: Christopher Marlowe

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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