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2011-10-11
October 11: Fidei Defensor

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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2011-06-11
June 11: 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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2011-02-06
February 6: 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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April 3: Marlon Brando

As a witness, Brando refused to take an oath to tell the truth before God, claiming he is an atheist. He was sworn in under an alternate oath, which would seem to be the one that should be used.



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