Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Legend of St Valentine

St Valentine's day history goes back to Roman times.  The emperor Claudius II was a student of human nature and way back in AD 287 he calculated that single men made braver soldiers than married men.  Therefore, as Claudius had absolute power, he dictated than no soldier should marry.  A Roman called Valentinus thought that this was rough justice and secretly married soldiers who had a sweetheart.
When Claudius discovered that Valentinus had defied his decree he threw Valentinus into jail.  Whilst incarcerated, Valentinus fell in love with the gaoler's daughter and sent her the first ever card - from your sweet Valentine.  St Valentine 14th Feburary

St Valentine

Much later, in AD 496 Pope Gelasius, chose 14 February as the day to honour and remember Saint Valentine.  Unfortunately, tantalisingly little is known about these early origins of St Valentine.
In the history of St Valentine's day, it is the 17th century which was the most important and truly romantic era.  The 14th of February became important as a day to exchange love notes by sending poems and gifts. Sometimes dances and small festivals were held.
In modern times, 1416, Charles, Duke of Orleans, sent one of the earliest Valentines, from his imprisonment in the Tower of London after the Battle of Agincourt.  He sent several Valentine poems to his wife in France. 


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Blast from the Past


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This Day in History
Lead Story
Galileo in Rome for Inquisition, 1633
American Revolution
Patrick Henry named colonel of First Virginia battalion, 1776
Actor Mel Gibson completes DUI probation, 2008
Civil War
Unoin General John Rawlins born, 1831
Cold War
Chernenko becomes general secretary, 1984
Serial killer strikes in Colorado, 1982
Cinema burns in Turin, 1983
General Interest
William and Mary proclaimed joint sovereigns of Britain, 1689
First Medal of Honor action, 1861
Dresden devastated, 1945
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon gets 10 Oscar nominations, 2001
Long-lost Twain manuscript authenticated, 1991
ASCAP is founded, 1915
Old West
Ashley advertises for western fur trappers, 1822
Teddy Roosevelt discusses America's race problem, 1905
Downhill skier Hermann Maier crashes in Olympics, 1998
Vietnam War
Johnson approves Operation Rolling Thunder, 1965
Additional troops ordered to South Vietnam, 1968
World War I
League of Nations recognizes perpetual Swiss neutrality, 1920
World War II
Firebombing of Dresden, 1945


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