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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Defender of the Faith
A title conferred by Pope Leo X. in 1521 upon Henry VIII. for his defence of the Catholic faith in a treatise against Luther, and retained ever since by the sovereigns of England, though revoked by Pope Paul III. in 1535 in consequence of Henry's apostasy.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Defender of the Faith'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/d/defender-of-the-faith.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.