Do you know the history of St. Valentine’s Day?
As we already know by now, February has been deemed the month of romance sending lovers hearts afire, everywhere, but do you know The History Of Valentine’s Day? The question is, who was this Saint Valentine and how is it that he became equated with this romantic holiday, filled with an abundance of love? Wanting to fulfill the answer to that question, I waded through the murky waters of the different legends and pulled together the most popular of legends.
During the third century in Rome, when Emperor Claudius II was in power, he had made it law that all single men would not be allowed to marry because if they had a wife and family it would hinder their ability to perform well as a soldier for the Roman Empire. Seeing the cruelty of such a decree, Valentine chose to defy Claudius and continued to perform marriages for the young lovers in secret. Perhaps in truth, Valentine was also a hopeless romantic. When Claudius found out about this, he ordered Valentine to be put to death.
Adding to the legend of St. Valentine we discovered that while he was imprisoned, his jailor’s daughter befriended Valentine. Sadly, the jailor’s daughter became ill, but by performing a miracle, Valentine cured the daughter, and soon fell in love with her. It is said that before his death he wrote to her a letter and signed it, “From your Valentine.” Sound familiar? Though, Valentine’s Day is shrouded in mystery and romance, the stories of Valentine seem to highlight the traits in his personality as being a sympathetic and truly romantic hero. Making him one of the most popular saints in history.
Info derived from: Wikipedia, History.com