The history of St Valentine's day goes back to Roman times. The
emperor Claudius II was a student of human nature way back in AD 287, indeed
he calculated that single men made braver Roman soldiers than married men.
Therefore, as Claudius had absolute power, he dictated than no soldier
should get wed. However, 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 law he threw Valentinus into jail. Whilst
in jail, Valentinus fell in love with his gaoler's
daughter and sent her the first ever card -
Later on, in AD 496 Pope Gelasius, chose February 14th as the day to remember St 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
romantic era. The 14th of February became a day to exchange love notes by sending poems and gifts.
Also dances and small festivals were held at this time. 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.
St Valentine 'Not the saint of love' Britain's Roman Catholic Church is advising lovelorn singles to direct
their 14 February requests for love to St Raphael, rather than St Valentine.
Over the years St Valentine has come incorrectly to be associated with
finding love, the Church says. He is the patron saint for those who
have already found their soul mate. St Raphael is the patron saint for
happy encounters and it is to him those fearing the Valentine's post should
properly direct their prayers.
Valentine Day Crafts and Customs
home country of Wales wooden love spoons are made and given as presents on 14 February. Hearts, keys and keyholes feature as decorations on these carved spoons as and invitation to 'unlock my
heart'. Valentines day history in Medieval times saw the youth of the time wearing names drawn from a hat on their sleeves. Hence the modern expression 'to wear your heart on your sleeve'
. This means that other people can easily see
what you are feeling. If a young lady sees a sparrow on February 14th flying overhead it means that she will marry a poor man and be extremely happy. If she saw a robin she would marry a mariner. A goldfinch
seen by a woman meant that she would marry into riches. St Valentine's
commercialisation probably began with the making and selling of cards in the 18th century. Women in the 18th century would
names on paper, roll them in clay and place them in a bowl of water. The first paper to rise to
the surface would contain the name of a woman's
Never have children, only grandchildren. Gore Vidal
Rosette Nebula - Especially for Valentines
Valentine's Day Heart
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